COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 8
Meeting Date: December 12,
Subject/Title: Second reading and adoption of Ordinance
654 to Amend Chapter 17.640 of the Brentwood Municipal Code relating
to the use of Portable Signs.
Submitted by: Oshinsky/Leana, Community Development
Approved by: Jon Elam, City Manager
Waive the second reading and adopt Ordinance No. 654, as presented,
approving an amendment to Chapter 17.640 of the Brentwood Municipal
Code permitting the
use of Portable Signs and establishing standards for said signs.
At its meeting of November 28, 2000, the City Council introduced and waived
the first reading of Ordinance 654.
The Planning Commission reviewed this proposed code amendment at its meeting
on November 8, 2000, and with minor changes unanimously recommended that the
City Council adopt the change.
The Council at its November 28, 2000 meeting approved the amendment to Chapter
17.640 of the Brentwood Municipal Code permitting the use of Portable Signs.
A. City Council Ordinance No. 654.
CITY COUNCIL ORDINANCE NO. 654
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD AMENDING CHAPTER
17.640 OF THE BRENTWOOD MUNICIPAL CODE BY ESTABLISHING STANDARDS FOR THE USE
OF PORTABLE SIGNS
WHEREAS, it is the desire of the City of Brentwood to encourage shopping
WHEREAS, due to the continual construction and expansion of the City’s
infrastructure it is often difficult for the motoring public to identify existing
WHEREAS, many of the older commercial centers were designed in such
a manner that the businesses within them cannot be readily seen from adjacent
WHEREAS, as a result of the above, potential clientele are not aware
of existing businesses resulting in a loss of income to existing businesses
and a loss of tax dollars to the City; and
WHEREAS, local businesses and the City Council of the City of Brentwood
feels that the use of A-frame and other portable signs is a cost-effective
method that will help reduce these problems; and
WHEREAS, this code amendment is found to be Categorically Exempt from
the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to Section 15311,
as portable signs are classified as accessory structures; and
WHEREAS, the Planning Commission conducted a duly noticed public hearing,
considered this amendment at it special meeting on November 8, 2000, and passed
Resolution 00-78 recommending approval of the proposed amendment; and
WHEREAS, a Notice of Public Hearing was legally advertised in the Ledger
Dispatch on November 17, 2000, according to City policies and Government Code
WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Brentwood held a public hearing
on the proposed amendment at its meeting on November 28, 2000 for the purpose
of reviewing the amendment, the Planning Commission recommendation, and accepting
public input; and
WHEREAS, after the close of the public hearing, the City Council considered
all public comments received both before and during the public hearing, the
presentation by City staff, the staff report, the Planning Commission recommendation,
and all other pertinent documents and associated actions regarding the proposed
WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Brentwood makes the following
finding per the Brentwood Municipal Code associated with this amendment:
This amendment is consistent with the General Plan, is appropriate for the
public interest, is intended to improve the vitality of local businesses, and
will not adversely effect the Brentwood community.
NOW, THEREFORE, the City Council of the City of Brentwood ordains as
follows: (added text underlined, deleted text stricken)
Section 17.640.004(N) is hereby amended as followings:
Portable Ground Sign, including A-frame signs: A sign which is self supported
by one (1) or more upright poles or faces and is placed upon or into the ground
for a short period of time and is easily relocatable.
Subsection F is hereby added to section 17.640.006 as follows:
F. Portable signs, including menu boards, chalkboards or A-frame signs.
Any business located on land zoned for commercial or industrial use may utilize
a portable sign to identify and/or direct patrons to their business provided
that the following standards are adhered to:
1. Only one (1) portable sign per business establishment is permitted.
2. The Sign is placed on the site where the business is located.
3. The area of any portable sign shall not exceed the ten (10) sq. ft.
4. The height of any such sign shall not exceed five feet (5’) measured from
the adjacent grade on which the sign is placed.
5. Any such sign placed within the City’s right-of-way shall obtain a no-fee
encroachment permit from the City Engineering Department.
6. The placement of any A-frame sign shall not create any sight distance problems
as determined by the City’s Engineering Department, except those permitted
in connection with outdoor dining uses, per Section 17.900.005.e, which do
not require an encroachment permit
7. Lights, banners, flags or similar objects shall not be placed on or adjacent
to such signs.
8. To provide for adequate pedestrian circulation, and adequate vehicle sight
distance any sign placed within the City’s right-of-way shall maintain a minimum
of four (4) feet of clearance between the sign and any curb line, street furniture
or above ground utilities.
9. The owner of any business desiring to place a portable sign within the City
right-of-way shall provide an executed City hold harmless waiver and proof
of liability insurance to the satisfaction of the City Attorney prior to placing
the sign within said right-of-way.
10. The signs shall not interfere or damage any existing landscaping.
11. All signs shall be painted and maintained in a professional manner.
Subsection U of Section 17.640.010 is deleted in its entirety.
A. This Ordinance shall be published in accordance with applicable law, by
one or more of the following methods:
1. Posting the entire Ordinance in at least three 93) public places in the
City of Brentwood, within fifteen (15) days after its passage and adoption;
2. Publishing the entire Ordinance at least once in the Ledger Dispatch, a
newspaper of general circulation published in the County of Contra Costa and
circulated in the City of Brentwood, within fifteen (15) days after its passage
and adoption; or
3. Publishing a summary of the Ordinance prepared by the City Attorney in the
Ledger Dispatch and posting a certified copy of the entire Ordinance in the
Office of the City Clerk at least five (5) days prior to passage and adoption,
along with the names of those City Council members voting for and against the
B. This ordinance shall go into effect thirty (30) days after the date of its
passage and adoption.
THE FOREGOING ORDINANCE was introduced with first reading waived at
a regular meeting of the Brentwood City Council on the 28th day of November,
2000, and adopted at a regular meeting of the Brentwood City Council the December
12, 2000, by the following vote: