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Adams Outdoor Advertising, LP v. Zoning Hearing Board of Smithfield Township, 909 A.2d 469 (PA.Cmwlth.2006).

2006
Organizations/Sources: PA Commonwealth Court
Commonwealth court case sustaining a zoning hearing board's decision to require the removal of off-site signs due to the landowner’s voluntary request for a change in the land use. An appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court was denied.
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A Framework for On-Premise Sign Regulations

2009
Organizations/Sources: Signage Foundation, Inc.
This model sign code is intended for smaller municipalities and discusses the framework for formulating sign regulations as well as legal considerations and provides model regulatory guidelines.
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Best Practices in First Amendment Land Use Regulations

2009
This article discusses a number of land use regulations related to the First Amendment among them signage and billboards.
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City of West Hollywood, California Sign Design Guidelines

Organizations/Sources: City of West Hollywood, California
An example of sign ordinance design guidelines.
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City of West Hollywood, California Sign Ordinance

Organizations/Sources: City of West Hollywood, California
An example of a sign ordinance.
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Context-Sensitive Signage Design

2001
Organizations/Sources: American Planning Association
This publication provides an overview of sign regulation, discusses legal issues, safety, aesthetics, and provides some national case study examples of the process for adopting sign ordinances.
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Context-Sensitive Signs

2002
Organizations/Sources: American Planning Association
CD-ROM with educational materials on how communities decide on the right level and type of control, case studies of how signs have been created to blend visually with other aspects of design, legal requirements of a constitutionally sound sign ordinance, opportunities and limitations that communities face when they regulate signage, and the valuable roles signs play in a community and why you cannot do without them.
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Meeting the Sign Regulation Challenge

2006
Organizations/Sources: American Planning Association
Two programs explore how to create effective and defensible sign regulations. Keep your community beautiful and safe from legal challenges to your sign ordinance. The CD-ROM Includes program #1 "Issues in Sign Regulation" and program #2, "Context-Sensitive Signs". The CD-ROM can be found in the American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter, lending library.
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Model Sign Ordinance-Pocono Mountain Chamber of Commerce

2000
Organizations/Sources: Pocono Mountain Chamber of Commerce
This model sign code was drafted for Monroe County municipalities and was written based upon local municipal ordinances.
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Model Sign Ordinances, out-of-state

2008
Organizations/Sources: Citizens for a Scenic Wisconsin
Examples of state model sign ordinances: Included on this website is a general sign ordinance, and billboard prohibition. Please note that special consideration will have to be made to mold these models to conform to Pennsylvania’s statutes and case law.
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Municipalities Planning Code (MPC) - Adoption of Sign Ordinances

2009
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania General Assembly
Excerpts from the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, Act of 1968, P.L. 805, No. 247, as reenacted and amended regarding adopting sign ordinances. Nineteenth Edition, September 2009.
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Pennsylvania Land Use Law Library

This website provides information on proposed legislation, state statutes, and land use case law rulings.
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Radnor Township (PA) Sign & Billboard Ordinance

Organizations/Sources: Radnor Township
In Radnor Township in Delaware County, billboards are regulated as a part of the sign ordinance within the zoning ordinance. Radnor’s billboard provisions prohibit digital billboards and have specific requirements for the location, number, size, and height of billboards.
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Saving Face – How Corporate Franchise Design can Respect Community Identity

2002
Authors: Ronald Fleming
Organizations/Sources: American Planning Association
This report shows planners, citizens, and officials how they can successfully advocate for sensitive and contextual corporate franchise design that can respect and even enhance community character and local economic development.
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Scenic America

2009
Organizations/Sources: Scenic America
A national organization and website devoted to scenic conservation. Their website is a wealth of information, model documents, and court cases, along with many other categories to help you develop a sign ordinance/strategy for your community
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Serving on a Sign Ordinance Committee

Organizations/Sources: United States Sign Council
An excellent document to start your research on crafting a sign ordinance. This document provides a basic understanding of sign ordinances, permissible and prohibited actions of sign ordinance committees, definitions of various sign terminology, and a brief discussion on design review and design review committees.
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Sign Application, PA Department of Labor and Industry

2004
Organizations/Sources: PA Dept. of Labor and industry
This document can be useful in developing your own sign permit application.
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Sign Ordinance and Application, East Lampeter Township

This provides good examples of the documents you will need in creating a sign ordinance. Included is the application for sign placement, guidelines for approval of different sign types, requirements for electrical signs, and an insurance requirement form.
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Sign Ordinance, City of Bethlehem

Organizations/Sources: City of Bethlehem, PA
An example of a sign ordinance that can be used as a model document.
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Sign Ordinance, Derry Township

2006
Organizations/Sources: Derry Twp., Dauphin County, PA
Perhaps the best example of a municipal sign ordinance and one that has achieved the desired results. This ordinance is extremely thorough and includes definitions to help identify permitted and non-permitted sign usage.
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Sign Ordinance, Monroe County

2000
Organizations/Sources: Monroe County, PA
Developed by the county and the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, this model sign ordinance is proposed for adoption by all municipalities in Monroe County. The ordinance is based on a number of local municipality sign ordinances and includes other significant refinements gleaned from other counties’ ordinances. The goal of this effort is to have all county municipalities adopt an effective, standardized, sign ordinance.
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Sign Ordinance, Municipality of Murrysville

2006
Organizations/Sources: Murrysville, Westmoreland County
An example of a sign ordinance that can be used as a model document. This is a thorough ordinance with definitions.
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Sign Ordinances - A Primer on Constitutional Limitations

Authors: Reid Allen Cox
Organizations/Sources: The Center for Individual Freedom
A beginners look at the major court cases that have shaped the sign ordinance/free speech debate.
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Sign Ordinance, West Deer Township

Organizations/Sources: West Deer Twp., PA
A good example of a sign ordinance that can be used to create a model document.
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Spriggs v. South Strabane Township Zoning Hearing Board

2001
Organizations/Sources: PA Commonwealth Court
Commonwealth Court case affirming a township’s authority to require a sign be removed because it violated the township’s size and placement restrictions. The significance of this case is that the defendant argued that the removal of the sign violated his 1st Amendment rights to free speech because the message was religious in nature.
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Street Graphics and the Law

2015
Authors: Daniel Mandelker
Organizations/Sources: American Planning Association
This report outlines a street-graphics system that ensures on-premise signs are expressive, appropriate, and compatible with the character of the community. The system is a legally enforceable regulatory framework that makes good design possible. The CD-ROM includes a model ordinance, links to a community sign ordinance and samples of signs based on the street graphics principles, and more. Fourth Edition, 2015
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Township of Exeter v. Zoning Hearing Board of Exeter Township, 911 A.2d 201 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2006)

2006
Organizations/Sources: PA Commonwealth Court
Commonwealth Court case which held that a standard billboard size in the sign industry cannot control a township’s sign ordinance limitation of a billboard’s size, and the fact that industry standard signs are far larger than the size allowed by a sign ordinance does not establish a de facto exclusion of billboards
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Upper Southampton Township v. Upper Southampton Township Zoning Hearing Board, 2007 WL4112087 (Pa. 11/20/07)

2007
Organizations/Sources: PA Supreme Court
A PA Supreme Court ruling overturning the township’s argument that the construction of billboards falls within the Municipal Planning Code’s definition of land development, therefore requiring a land development permit from the township.
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Upper Southampton Township v. Upper Southampton Township Zoning Hearing Board, Appeal of Outdoor Partnership, LLC

2005
Organizations/Sources: PA Commonwealth Court
Commonwealth Court case upholding the lower court's finding that a land development plan and approval (in this instance) was required for the construction of billboards in the township, due to the subdivision of the subject property.
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