[Adopted 6-17-1942 by Ord. No. 781]
It is hereby declared unlawful for any person, partnership or corporation to place, pile or accumulate any goods, wares, merchandise, boxes, containers, stands, commodities or articles of any kind on or above any part of any of the public highways or sidewalks within the Township of Lower Merion, provided that nothing herein contained shall be construed to prevent any such property from being taken to or from any premises in the ordinary course of delivery or transportation and provided further that nothing herein contained shall prevent the erection of bicycle stands on sidewalks in commercial districts, as such districts are defined in the Zoning Ordinance of the Township of Lower Merion, as amended, if a permit for erecting any such stand is first obtained from the Police Department.
[Amended 4-19-1995 by Ord. No. 3389; 1-19-2002 by Ord. No. 3629]
It is hereby further declared unlawful for any person, partnership or corporation to hang canvas signs or banners or similar advertising devices above any part of the public highways or sidewalks within the Township of Lower Merion; except, when a permit is issued by the Department of Building and Planning, banners displaying a logo, slogan or design associated with an educational or civic organization may be erected above a sidewalk in such uniform size and subject to such regulations as the Department of Building and Planning shall promulgate.
[Added 1-18-1995 by Ord. No. 3378]
Legislative intent. The Board of Commissioners of the Township of Lower Merion, intending to promote the health, safety and welfare of the community, recognizes the following:
The public rights-of-way must be primarily preserved for the safety of the traveling public, without undue distraction and without interference with traffic devices and sight distances.
Signage in the public right-of-way causes distraction of the motoring public, can block traffic devices and sight distances and create a visual scenario which is aesthetically displeasing and degrading to the value of adjacent properties.
The public rights-of-way have been a traditional forum for public speech, subject to reasonable controls. This forum has been especially valuable to the public in promulgating notification of sporadically occurring events, since other means of advertising do not effectively permit messages to be focused on the local area to which such speech uniquely applies.
Limited use of the public rights-of-way to disseminate messages, temporary in nature, pertaining to local events can be accommodated without overt danger to those using such rights-of-way for public travel, provided that appropriate regulations are observed.
Temporary sign, definition. For purposes of this section, a “temporary sign” is one which promotes a sporadically scheduled event, such as an election or candidates for that election, a fair, a social event, a garage sale and the like, which shall be in place no more than 45 calendar days and which does not exceed six square feet in size.
[Amended 1-20-2010 by Ord. No. 3901]
Authority to erect signs. No person may erect or maintain a sign in the public right-of-way, other than a temporary sign when in compliance with the regulations set forth below.
Placement of temporary signs. No temporary sign may be erected:
Which would interfere with a motorist's view of vehicular or pedestrian traffic, traffic signs, street signs or street numbers.
Any part of which is within 18 inches of a curbline.
In front of one's property unless the permission of that property owner is first obtained.
Which is on a traffic island not for the use of motor vehicles or on any other area between lanes of traffic.
On public property or in the right-of-way in front of public property.
Which is attached to a permanent pole or structure within the right-of-way or which would constitute an obstruction to those using the right-of-way, including a public sidewalk.
Improperly erected signs. Any sign erected in the public right-of-way which is placed in violation of this section may be removed by the Township or the abutting property owner, if placed without permission, and must be removed by the party responsible for placing the sign within five days of notice from the Township to do so.
[Added 4-19-1995 by Ord. No. 3389; 1-19-2002 by Ord. No. 3631]
An appeal from any decision of the Director of Building and Planning pursuant to this article may be taken to the Building and Planning Committee of the Board of Commissioners. Such appeal shall be made in writing within 10 days of such decision and shall be verified by affidavit and filed with the Township Secretary. The appellant or his representative shall have the right to appear if such right is requested in the written appeal. A prompt decision of such appeal shall be made by the Building and Planning Committee. Every action of the Committee on such appeal shall be by resolution, a copy of which shall be certified and furnished to the Director of Building and Planning and the appellant.
[Amended 9-21-1977 by Ord. No. 1802; 8-3-1988 by Ord. No. 3104]
Any person, partnership or corporation violating the provisions of this article shall be subject to a fine or penalty of not more than $600 for each and every offense, to be collected before any District Justice as like fines or penalties are by law collectible.