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Proposed Sign Code Amendments

Community Meeting
A community meeting on proposed changes to the City of San José Municipal Code is scheduled for Monday, August 22, 2016, starting at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in City Hall Wing Room 120 at 200 East Santa Clara Street, San José.

The following proposed amendments are targeted for City Council consideration in 2016.

  • Allow a large single occupancy tenant space located in a large regional shopping center site to have additional Attached Signs, increase in Sign Area, and the flexibility to locate multiple Attached Signs on more than one Occupancy Frontage.

The following proposed amendments are targeted for City Council consideration in 2017.

  • Downtown Advertising District - The City is proposing a Downtown Advertising District to enliven Downtown with well-designed commercial advertising that will aesthetically improve the physical environment and will contribute to San José’s big-city, urban identity. This District could develop a revenue generation opportunity to reinvest in Downtown as well as foster commerce and business. 
  • Supergraphic Signs - Allow supergraphic Signs on blank walls of buildings in the Downtown Sign Zone and North San José Development Policy Area.

Future Amendments

1. Freeway Signs - Consider allowing Freeway Signs for sites that are developed with regionally-focused nonresidential uses and located in a Growth Area on the Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan Land Use Transportation Diagram.

2. Modifications to illuminated Sign provisions for buildings adjacent to riparian corridors in Commercial and Industrial Zoning Districts.

A comprehensive review and update of the Sign Ordinance to align with legislative regulations.

Dipa Chundur, Project Manager, Ordinance and Policy Team.