PUBLIC HEARING AGENDA REQUEST

Sponsor:

 Board of Supervisors Meeting Date:

 

Raymond E. Graham, Chairman,

Cedar Run District Supervisor

 

April 14, 2005

Staff Lead:

 

W. Todd Benson, Assistant Zoning Administrator

Department:

 

Community Development

 

 

Topic:

 

A Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment to Sections 8-1401 and 8-1501 to Allow the Board of Zoning Appeals to Permit Larger Directional Signs for Certain Purposes in Conservation, Agricultural, Village, Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Districts

 

Topic Description:

 

The proposed text amendment would amend Sections 8-1401 and 8-1501 to allow the Board of Zoning Appeals to permit larger directional signs for certain purposes in Conservation, Agricultural, Village, Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Districts.

 

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors:

Conduct a public hearing and consider adoption of the attached Ordinance.

Financial Impact Analysis:

No financial impact analysis has been conducted.

 

Summary Staff Report:

 

At present, directional signs for the location of a church or place of worship or hospital or similar medical institution or historical sites may not exceed two (2) square feet, each six (6) feet tall.  The proposed amendment would allow the Board of Zoning Appeals to grant a special permit to increase the size limitation, not exceeding six (6) square feet, in cases where two (2) square feet is not of sufficient size due to unusual sign location constraints or roadway configuration.

 

Directional signs are allowed by special use permit for commercial or industrial establishments, including farms from which products are retailed directly to customers, provided that the signs are two square feet.  In Conservation, Agricultural, Village, Residential, and Mobile Home Districts, the Board of Zoning Appeals may increase the size of the signs to six square feet by variance.  “Variance” should be changed to “special permit.”  In addition, this amendment would allow the Board of Zoning Appeals to increase such signs up to six square feet in Commercial and Industrial Districts.

 

On January 29, 2005, the Planning Commission initiated the text amendment and scheduled the public hearing on February 17, 2005.  Following the public hearing, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend denial of the proposed amendment.

 

Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Department of Economic Development