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17.08.120 Definitions “S.”
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Satellite dish” means any device incorporating a reflective surface that is solid, open mesh, or bar configured that is shallow dish, cone, horn, or cornucopia shaped and is used to transmit and/or receive electromagnetic signals. This definition is meant to include, but is not limited to, what are commonly referred to as satellite earth stations, TVROs and satellite microwave antennas.

Satellite earth station” means a telecommunications facility consisting of more than a single satellite dish smaller than 10 feet in diameter that transmits to and/or receives signals from an orbiting satellite.

School” means an institution of learning for minors, whether public or private, offering a regular course of instruction required by the Education Code. This definition includes an elementary school, middle or junior high school, senior high school, or any special institution of education, but it does not include a vocational or professional institution of higher education, including a junior college and any other college or university.

Secondary use” means a use or activity which is incidental and subordinate to the principal use of the site or a primary building on the site, and does not alter the principal use of such parcel or building.

Senior housing” means age-restricted residential housing that is designed, intended and operated for occupancy by persons 55 years of age or older. At least 80 percent of the occupied units shall be occupied by at least one person who is 55 years of age or older, consistent with Federal and State law requirements.

Shared parking” means parking spaces that are generally available for users, and not reserved for one specific use, such as in mixed-use areas, where parking spaces for retail uses are available in the evening for residents.

Shopping center” means primarily retail commercial site with three or more separate businesses sharing common pedestrian and parking areas.

Sign” means a visual communications device used to convey a message to its viewer.

Sign, abandoned” means a sign which no longer directs, advertises or identifies a legal business establishment, product or activity on the premises where such sign is displayed or shows a correct direction.

Sign, animated” means any sign which includes action or motion. Not applicable to flashing or changing signs.

Sign, area identification” means a permanent sign used to identify a neighborhood, subdivision, shopping district, industrial district, agricultural district or any special community area.

Sign area, total aggregate” means the combined total display area of copy for each sign located on the premises.

Sign, attached” means a wall, fascia, window or other sign affixed to a building.

Sign, awning” means signage located anywhere on an awning or similar rigid or nonrigid canopy projecting from the wall of a building.

Sign, banner” means a temporary sign composed of lightweight material either enclosed or not enclosed in a rigid frame, secured or mounted so as to allow movement of the sign by the wind.

Sign, changeable copy” means a sign on which copy is changed manually or electrically but not limited to time, temperature and date.

Sign, construction” means a temporary sign identifying the persons, firms or businesses directly connected with a construction project.

Sign, development project” means a temporary sign identifying a proposed development project, or one which is under construction.

Sign, directional” means a sign designed to guide or direct pedestrian or vehicular traffic.

Sign, double-faced” means a freestanding or projecting sign with two sign faces back-to-back facing in opposite directions.

Sign face” means the entire face of a sign on which copy could be placed.

Sign, flashing” means any sign which contains an intermittent or flashing light source, or which includes the illusion of intermittent or flashing light by means of animation, or externally mounted light source.

Sign, freestanding,” also referred to as “ground sign,” “monument sign,” “detached sign” or “pole sign,” means a sign erected on a freestanding frame, or support, mast or pole and not attached to a building or other structure.

Sign, freestanding, height” means the vertical distance by which the top of the sign extends above the average elevation of the natural grade.

Sign, identification” means a sign which is limited to the name, address and number of a building, institution or person and to the activity carried on in the building or institution, or the occupation of the person.

Sign, incidental” means a small sign pertaining to hours of operation, goods, products, services or facilities which are available on the premises where the sign occurs and intended primarily for the convenience of the public.

Sign, memorial” means a sign, table or plaque memorializing a person, event, structure or site.

Sign, modular” means a freestanding or projecting sign, other than a double-faced sign, which has more than one sign face.

Sign, multi-tenant” means a sign identifying the individual use or tenants in a multiple-occupancy building or in a building group.

Sign, nonconforming (legal)” means an advertising structure or sign which was lawfully erected and maintained prior to the formal adoption of a sign ordinance and any amendments thereto, and presently fails to conform to all applicable regulations and restrictions of the ordinance.

Sign, off-premises” means a sign including but not limited to billboards that advertise goods, products, services or facilities or direct persons to a different location from where the sign is installed.

Sign, on-premises” means any sign identifying or advertising a business, person, activity, goods, products or services located on the premises where the sign is installed and maintained.

Sign, Pole. See “Sign, freestanding.”

Sign, political” means a temporary sign announcing or supporting political candidates or issues in connection with any national, State or local election.

Sign, portable” means any sign not attached to the ground or a building (such as a sandwich board or A-frame sign).

Sign, projecting” means a sign which is attached to and projects from the structure or building face.

Sign, public service information” means any sign intended primarily to promote items of general interest to the community such as time, temperature, date, atmospheric conditions, news or traffic control, etc.

Sign, real estate or property” means any sign pertaining to the sale, lease or rental of land or buildings. Usually a temporary sign.

Sign, roof” means any sign erected upon, against, or above a roof line.

Sign, rotating or moving” means any sign or portion of a sign which moves in a revolving or other manner.

Sign, special event” means a sign advertising or pertaining to any civic, patriotic or special event of general public interest taking place within the City.

Sign, temporary” means a sign which is not permanently affixed and which is posted for no longer than 30 days. Any other device constructed of lightweight material used for the purpose of conveying a message.

Sign, temporary automotive service station” means a temporary sign such as merchandise display signs, promotions, and signs located on the fuel pumps.

Sign, temporary window” means a sign painted on the window or constructed of paper, cloth or other like material and attached to the interior or exterior side of window or glass area. Does not include display merchandise.

Sign, unlawful” means a sign which contravenes this title or which a public official may declare unlawful if it becomes dangerous or a traffic hazard to public safety; a nonconforming sign for which a permit required under a previous ordinance was not obtained.

Sign, wall” means a sign attached to or erected against a wall of a building. Any sign affixed in such a way that its exposed face is parallel to the plane of the building.

Single room occupancy housing” means multifamily residential buildings containing housing units with a minimum floor area of 150 square feet and a maximum floor area of 375 square feet which may have kitchen and/or bathroom facilities, and where each housing unit is restricted to occupancy by no more than two persons and is offered on a monthly rental basis or longer. Such units shall count as one-half a unit for purposes of calculating densities.

SMC” means the Sebastopol Municipal Code.

Storage, personal or vehicle” means (1) structure or structures containing individual, compartmentalized stalls or lockers rented as individual storage spaces and characterized by low parking demand, and (2) a service facility (maybe covered) for the long-term rental of space for storage of operative cars, trucks, buses, recreational vehicles, and other motor vehicles.

Story” means that portion of a building included between two consecutive floors of a building or the portion between a floor and the roof. A basement shall not be considered a story if the finished floor above it does not exceed six feet above natural grade for more than 50 percent of the total perimeter of the building, provided the finished floor above the basement is not more than 12 feet above grade at any point.

Street” means a public or private thoroughfare which affords principal means of access to abutting property, except an alley as defined herein.

Structural alteration” means any change in the supporting members of a building, such as bearing walls, columns, beams or girders, which change requires the issuance of a building permit.

Structure” means anything which is constructed or erected, and which is located on the ground or is attached to something having location on the ground.

Studio unit” means a dwelling unit other than a single room occupancy unit that does not have a separate bedroom, and is equal to or less than 600 square feet in floor area. Such units shall count as one-half a dwelling unit for purposes of calculating densities.

Supportive housing” means housing with no limit on length of stay, that is occupied by the target population, and that is linked to an on-site or off-site service that assists the supportive housing resident in retaining the housing, improving his or her health status, and maximizing his or her ability to live and, when possible, work in the community (Government Code Section 65582(f)). Supportive housing is considered a residential use of property, and shall be subject only to those restrictions that apply to other residential dwellings of the same type in the same zone. (Ord. 1123 Exh. A § 1, 2019; Ord. 1122 § 1, 2019; Ord. 1111, 2018)

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