The Planning staff and the Planning Commission recommend approval of the referenced amendments to the Code of Ordinances Chapter 25 Land Development Code, Article VI. Sign Regulations.
On February 2 and October 26, 2009, the City Commission held public workshops on sign code amendment issues and directed staff to incorporate revisions for review of the city Planning Commission. The Planning Commission reviewed the proposed changes at public hearings January 21 and February 18, 2010 and recommends the proposed amendments to the sign code for consideration of the City Commission. One exception is the requirement for amortization of the signs by 2015 for wall signs and 2017 for free standing signs. The Planning Commission recommends to the City Commission that amortization not be required for existing signs and that existing signs would only be required to be brought in to conformance when there is a change in use from one classification to another i.e. office to commercial, commercial to industrial etc. or alterations occur to a structure or parking area of the site exceeding twenty-five (25) percent increase. Staff continues to recommend an amortization period.
The proposed amendments are the same as previously reviewed by the City Commission that address amortization schedules for compliance, requirements for sign compliance with “change in use or site,” ground signs landscaping requirements, changeable copy LED signs, types of attention-getting devices, flags and window signs. Two additional changes shown in Tables 6.1 and 6.2 provide for additional flexibility in sign area and height allowed based on linear feet of road frontage and setbacks of buildings from the road right-of-way (pages 7 and 8). Also, a section was added to recognize the special needs of large multiple use (ten acres or larger) complexes and campus signage such as the college, hospital, mall, Life Stream, First Baptist Church etc. (pages 14 and 15). Other revision are to temporary promotional displays, attention-getting devices, and grand opening signs (pages 20 and 21) to provide longer time periods and larger signs to recognize the current slow down of the economy. Also attached as an exhibit is a summary of the options recommended by the City Commission at the October 26, 2009 meeting.
By a vote of 4 to 2 on February 18, 2010, the Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the revised sign code amendments.
1. Approve the proposed amendments to Article VI. Sign Regulations thereby allowing revised sign development standards for the city.
2. Other such action as the Commission may deem appropriate.
There will be minimal fiscal impact to the City with these proposed changes.
Submission Date and Time: 4/8/10 2:03 PM
Department: Community Development
Prepared by: Bill Wiley, AICP
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