Monument and entryway signs are usually only allowed on the private property of the development or subdivision associated with the sign. However, under very site specific circumstances, a sign may be allowed in the right-of-way through a public meeting process with the Planning and Zoning Commission and Town Council approval.
A monument sign is a permanent sign generally used to identify a commercial development and its associated tenants.
An entryway sign is a permanent sign used to identify the entrance to a subdivision, complex, facility, or commercial development The following are the location standards required to allow a permanent monument or entryway sign in the right-of-way.
1. A right-of-way depth of at least 100’ shall be required between the paved surface of the road (including turn lane and shoulder) and the subject property line. Areas where the right-of-way depth changes for drainage ways, bridges and similar structures shall not be included in the 100’ minimum.
2. Sufficient evidence shall be provided demonstrating that sign locations normally allowed by the zoning code do not provide effective and safe wayfinding as detailed in the intersection site distance detail (2004 edition, Pages 16, 17 and 61 thru 63) of the Town of Oro Valley’s Subdivision Street Standards and Policies Manual.
3. The 100’ depth requirement, between the paved surface and the subject property line, may be reduced to not less than 20’ if the following conditions apply: a) The vehicular speed of the road combined with the clear zones and adequate visibility defined by the Town’s sight visibility triangle criteria is met. b) The intersection sight distance table demonstrates the sign could not be safely seen. Self-imposed conditions, such as built structures on the site, will not qualify for a reduction of the distance requirement.
4. The sign shall be located no more than 50’ from either side of an entrance of the property associated with the sign.
5. Electronic message boards are not allowed on a sign in the right-of-way.
Fees • $350.00 Application fee Please note: Fees are non-refundable, regardless of the outcome of the submittal (approval or denial). Once the location is approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission and Town Council, a separate building and right-of-way permit along with the associated fees for construction and installation of the sign are also required.
Submissions must include the following for acceptance: •
Staff review and recommendation
- After receiving a complete submittal, Town staff will review the information and send a reply to the applicant within (10) business days. The letter will include comments to be addressed or of revisions needed. Upon satisfaction of the Town Engineer and Planning and Zoning Administrator the sign has met all safety and location requirements, the case will be scheduled for a Planning and Zoning Commission meeting followed by a Council meeting.