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(ROH 04/08/14) <br />ORDINANCE NO. NS -2861 <br />AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY <br />OF SANTA ANA AMENDING CHAPTER 41 OF THE <br />SANTA ANA MUNICIPAL CODE TO ALLOW REGIONAL <br />PLANNED SIGN PROGRAMS <br />THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ANA DOES ORDAIN AS <br />FOLLOWS: <br />Section 1. The City Council of the City of Santa Ana hereby finds, determines <br />and declares as follows: <br />A. The Santa Ana Municipal Code does not currently contain standards for <br />sign programs for regional commercial centers and attractions citywide. <br />Such sign programs are necessary to ensure that signage proposals for <br />regional centers and attractions can be reviewed in a comprehensive, <br />thorough manner to ensure compatibility with the site and surrounding <br />land uses. <br />B. Regional commercial centers and regional attractions with freeway <br />orientation have site configurations and visibility that make them suitable <br />for comprehensive planned sign programs with provisions that address <br />their unique locations along highly - visible freeway corridors. <br />C. Zoning Ordinance Amendment No. 2013 -02 is to amend Chapter 41, <br />Article XI, Divisions 2 and 3 (Sign Standards and Regulations, Planned <br />Sign Programs), creating a new Section 41 -885, allowing certain <br />commercial centers and attractions to apply for regional planned sign <br />programs and allow unique signage as they relate to height, size, quantity, <br />or scale. The Zoning Code amendment will require the regional planned <br />sign programs to be reviewed by the Planning Commission. <br />D. Zoning Ordinance Amendment No. 2013 -02 supports the General Plan <br />policies of encouraging development of projects which promote the City's <br />image as a regional activity center, of encouraging development and <br />promotion of major centers adjacent to major arterial roadways, transit and <br />freeway corridors, and of protecting the health and safety of residents, <br />employees, and visitors of Santa Ana. <br />E. On February 24, 2014, the Planning Commission held a duly noticed <br />public hearing and voted to recommend that the City Council adopt Zoning <br />Ordinance Amendment No. 2013 -02 to create Section 41 -885 of the Santa <br />Ana Municipal Code to create standards of approval for regional planned <br />sign programs, citywide. <br />Ordinance No. NS -2861 <br />Page 1 of 9 <br />