Notice of adoption of Ordinance No. 1 of 2018
Take notice on the 11th day of October, 2018 the Township Board of the Township of Long Rapids adopted Ordinance 01-2018 as follows:
An Ordinance to amend the Zoning Ordinance of the Township of Long Rapids, Alpena County, Michigan.
The Township of Long Rapids ordains that the Long Rapids Township Zoning Ordinance adopted September 13, 1990 be further amended as follows:
Section 8-General Provisions
Section 8.05 Signs
This section is intended to regulate and limit the construction or reconstruction of signs in Long Rapids Township. Such signs that will not, by reason of their size, location, construction, or manner of display, endanger life or limb, confuse or mislead traffic, obstruct vision necessary for vehicular and pedestrian traffic safety, or otherwise endanger public welfare, shall be permitted except as may be otherwise provided for herein. Any sign that can be displayed under the provision of this ordinance may contain a noncommercial message.
A. Obstruction of vision: No sign shall be located on any street corner which would obscure the vision of drivers using said streets, or conflict with traffic control signals at the intersection of any streets. No signs shall obstruct the vision of drivers at any driveway, parking lot or other route providing ingress or egress to any premises.
B. Signs in right-of-way: No signs except those established and maintained by Township, County, State or Federal governments shall be erected in or project into or overhang a street or road right-of-way.
C. Exempted Signs:
The following non-illuminated signs shall be allowed in all districts subject to any stated restrictions and exempt from other provisions of this ordinance.
1. Flags or insignia of any nation, state, county, community organization or educational institution.
2. Government signs such as highway signs, DNR trail crossing signs, Public access and street name signs erected by an official government agency.
3. Sign erected by the State Historical Commission.
4. Signs for essential services such as hospitals, churches etc.
5. Signs on residential property that do not exceed 9 square feet.
6. Signs not visible from any street.
7. Temporary signs no greater than 16 square feet in the Residential, Agricultural and Forestry-Rec districts (see D 3 below for time limitations).
8. Legal Postings as required by law.
9. Signs less than 24 square feet on commercial property.
D. Permitted Outdoor Signs
1. Signs in the Commercial and Industrial Districts:
A. Limited to 32 square feet in size. Signs larger than 32 square feet will require Planning Commission approval.
B. Temporary signs under 32 square feet are allowed.
C. Portable signs (See 4 below).
D. Illuminated signs (See 5 below).
2. Signs located on Home Occupation Properties (All applicable districts):
A. One non-illuminated sign not to exceed nine (9) square feet in area is allowed
B. Such sign shall be attached flat against a building or wall, or may be monument style sign, or set on posts with landscaping at the base provided that the height of the sign does not exceed five (5) feet.
C. The sign shall be placed at least five (5) feet behind the road right of way.
3. Community Special Event Signs
Signs which are intended to identify a nonprofit annual or one-time event or occurrence, such as fair, dinner or other event of general public interest are permitted. All signs must be 32 square feet or less. Sign is allowed to be placed seven days prior to the event and removed no later than seven (7) days after the event. Signs shall not be located in the right-of-way or interfere with traffic. Signs mounted on a mobile base shall conform to setback regulations and if illuminated to lighted sign regulations (See4, below).
4. Portable Signs
A non-illuminated sign that is not affixed to a building or structure and by its nature may be or is intended to be moved from one location or another such as frame signs or signs on movable trailers whether rented or owned. These shall be 32 square feet or less.
5. Illuminated Signs
Sign illumination shall comply with all of the following requirements:
A. Signs shall be illuminated only by steady, stationary shielded light sources directed solely at the sign or internal to it.
B. The use of glaring undiffused lights or bulbs is prohibited. Lights shall be shaded so as not to project onto adjoining properties or thoroughfares.
C. Sign illumination that could create a traffic hazard is prohibited.
D. Underground wiring shall be required for all illuminated signs not attached to a building.
E. Electronic changeable message boards may be permitted subject to the rules of Section 8.03, Uses Permitted by Special Approval, and Section 8.04 Site Plan Review Requirements.
E. Signs Requiring Special Approval:
The following signs will be subject to the rule of Section 8.03, Uses Permitted By Special Approval, and Sectional 8.04, Site Plan Review Requirements.
1. New signage which is a component of a request for a special use permit. (Section 8.03)
2. Off Premise Signs (Billboards-Section 8.03 (14).
The regulation of billboards is intended to enhance and protect the community character and image by minimizing visual blight, to minimize traffic safety hazards due to diversion of driver's attention and blockage of sight distances, and to place signs in such a way that scenic views are respected and visual obstructions to the natural landscape are minimized.
Billboards located adjacent to interstate highways, freeways, or primary highways are regulated by the Highway Advertising Act of 1972 (PA106 of 1972). Billboards adjacent to all other roads in Long Rapids Township shall also be subject to the provisions of the above act.
3. Digital Off Premise billboards are not allowed.
F. Nonconforming, Damaged, Unsafe or Illegal Signs:
1. Any sign or advertising media existing prior to the adoption of this ordinance, which does not conform to the provisions of this section, shall not be altered or replaced except in conformance with the provisions of this section.
2. In the event that any sign becomes insecure, unsafe, damaged or if any sign shall be unlawfully installed, erected or maintained in violation of any of the provisions of this ordinance, the owner or lessee shall within ten (10) days of receipt of a written notice from the Zoning Administrator make such sign conform to the provisions of this ordinance or shall cause it to be removed.
Add to Section 8.03:
14. Off Premise Signs (Billboards)
The regulations of billboards is intended to enhance and protect the community character and image by minimizing visual blight, to minimizie traffic safety hazards due to diversion of the driver's attention and blockage of sight lines, and to place signs in such a way that senic views are respected and visual obstructions to the natural landscape are minimized.
Billboards located along and adjacent to interstate highways, freeways or primary highways are regulated by provisions of the Highway Advertising Act of 1972 (PA 106 of 1972). Billboards adjacent to all other roads in Long Rapids Township shall also be subject to the provisions of the above act.
Digital Off Premise billboards are not permitted.
This ordinance shall take effect 7 days after publication of this notice. This ordinance shall be published once, in full, in a newspaper of general circulation within the boundaries of Long Rapids Township, and qualified under state law to publish legal notices, within 15 days after its adoption, and the same shall be recorded in the ordinance Book of the Township and such recording authenticated by the signature of the Township Clerk.
This ordinance, the official Zoning Map and the Long Rapids Township Zoning Ordinance can be inspected at, or a copy can be purchased at: