Ordinance No. 11-24

Introduced: October 24, 2011
Public Hearing: November 14, 2011
Status: Adopted

An ordinance allowing certain temporary commercial signage to be displayed by businesses located in commercial zoning districts between November 15, 2011 through January 31, 2012

WHEREAS, the national and local economy persists in a state of recession; and

WHEREAS, local merchants are experiencing the effects of the recessed economy and have reported the lowest sales figures in the past 10 years; and

WHEREAS, local merchants are projecting the same or a weaker sales outlook for the upcoming holiday season; and

WHEREAS, in an effort to promote the local economy, the Township Council desires to temporarily allow local business located in commercial zoning districts to display additional commercial sign advertising, subject to certain restrictions, during the Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day holiday shopping season, running from November 15, 2011 through January 21, 2012.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the Township Council for the Township of Vernon, County of Sussex, State of New Jersey, as follows:

Section 1. This ordinance shall be in effect only during the time period running November 15, 2011, through January 31, 2012 (the “Effective Period”).

Section 2. The provisions of Township Code Section 330-18(G) notwithstanding, during the Effective Period, businesses located in Vernon Township in C-1, C-2, C-3, CR and TC (and the five TC sub-districts) zoning districts shall be allowed to display one (1) item of temporary commercial signage, subject to the following restrictions:

  1. Allowable temporary signage items shall be limited to a sandwich sign, single post podium sign or a banner, as further defined in this Ordinance.
  2. An allowable sandwich is defined as an “A” frame style board of no greater area dimensions than twenty-eight inches wide by thirty-six inches high (28" W x 36" H) and shall have interchangeable lettering or be professionally printed and shall be securely anchored.
  3. A single post podium sign is defined as sign of no greater area dimensions than twenty-eight inches wide by thirty-six inches high (28" W x 36" H) attached to a single center support post and shall have interchangeable lettering or be professionally printed and shall be securely anchored.
  4. An allowable banner is defined as a banner of no greater area dimensions of three feet wide by six feet in length (3' W x 6' L). All such banners shall be professionally printed and shall be securely attached to the face of the business premises.
  5. Allowable temporary signage may be double sided to allow for viewing from two directions.
  6. Allowable temporary signage may be displayed only during such times as the business displaying such signage is open to the public and, further, shall be removed from view and use during non-business hours.
  7. Allowable temporary signage shall not be placed in a manner that may or does obstruct vision so as to present a safety hazard.
  8. Allowable temporary signage shall not be illuminated.
  9. A no-fee permit shall be required for each allowable temporary sign under this Ordinance. Such permits shall be obtained by application to the Township Zoning Officer. A rendition of the sign shall be submitted at the time of permit application.
  10. Temporary Signage deemed inappropriate and/or inconsistent with this Ordinance by the Township Zoning Officer or Township Land Use Board may be subject to modification and/or removal by the Township.
  11. All temporary allowable signage shall comply in all aspects with all other Township ordinance provisions related to commercial signage to the extent that such other Township ordinance provisions are not inconsistent with this Ordinance.

Section 3. All Township ordinances or parts or ordinances inconsistent with this Ordinance shall not be enforced with regard to allowable signage used during the Effective Period.

Section 4. If any article, section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase of this Ordinance is for any reason declared to be unconstitutional or invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, such declaration shall not affect the remaining portions of this Ordinance.

Section 5. This Ordinance shall take effect upon notice, publication and adoption as required by law.