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File #: 19-851    Version: 1
Type: Public Hearing Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 8/30/2019 In control: Planning and Zoning Commission
On agenda: 9/4/2019 Final action:
Title: Conduct the public hearing to consider variances from Section 6-16-3:7 (Prohibited Signs: Off-premise Signs) and variances from Section 6-16-5:2.2 (Permanent Signs: Ground Signs) of the Naperville Municipal Code to allow for the installation of 13 ground signs for Edward Hospital at the subject properties located at 775 Brom Drive, 120 Osler Drive, 801 S. Washington Street, 815 S. Washington Street, 852 S. West Street, and the adjacent Right-of-Way to the south of 307 Martin Avenue, PZC 19-1-081.
Attachments: 1. Application, 2. Plat of Survey with Ground Sign Locations, 3. Legal Description, 4. Aerials and Sign Plans, 5. Findings of Fact, 6. Sign Distance Separation Summary, 7. Setback Summary, 8. Our Saviour's Letter of Approval for Replacement

PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION AGENDA ITEM

 

ACTION REQUESTED:
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Conduct the public hearing to consider variances from Section 6-16-3:7 (Prohibited Signs: Off-premise Signs) and variances from Section 6-16-5:2.2 (Permanent Signs: Ground Signs) of the Naperville Municipal Code to allow for the installation of 13 ground signs for Edward Hospital at the subject properties located at 775 Brom Drive, 120 Osler Drive, 801 S. Washington Street, 815 S. Washington Street, 852 S. West Street, and the adjacent Right-of-Way to the south of 307 Martin Avenue, PZC 19-1-081.

 

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DEPARTMENT:                     Transportation, Engineering and Development

 

SUBMITTED BY:                     Scott Williams, AICP

 

BOARD/COMMISSION REVIEW:
Official notice for the public hearing for PZC 19-1-081 was published in the Daily Herald on August 19, 2019.

 

BACKGROUND:

The petitioner, South Water Signs, on behalf of Edward Hospital seeks to replace multiple monument signs at the subject property which requires variances from the Municipal Code for location, alignment, number of, and setback regulations.  This entitlement is part of a broader systematic effort to replace all existing signage with updated rebranding and LED lighting.  

 

In most cases, the petitioner will be reconstructing the signs in the same location on the subject properties and even reusing existing support structures.  Sign #2A is the only new sign being constructed in a different location.  Sign #1 (“Martin Avenue”) is replacing the existing Martin Avenue Right-of-Way sign and was approved by ZBA Case #608 and subject to an associated Right-of-Way Encroachment Agreement.  Signs #3 and 4 located on the subject property were also approved under the same ZBA case.  Sign #10 (“Church Sign”) is replacing the existing monument sign located on the abutting Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church property near the intersection of Washington Street and Osler Drive. This sign was approved by ZBA Case #1074, and the Church provided a letter of support and authorization back when it was first constructed in 2006 and for the current proposal.

 

The subject property is zoned HS (Health Services District) and is approximately 40 acres in size. The main subject property is comprised of four lots. They are currently improved with the Edward Hospital Campus consisting of multiple buildings, mixed medical office and health services uses, and multiple parking structures.  The property can be accessed from West Street, Martin Avenue, and Washington Street.  The campus is internally navigated via four private streets: Brom Drive, Pam Davis Drive, Spalding Drive and Osler Drive.

 

DISCUSSION:

The petitioner requests multiple variances for each ground sign (except for the single variance for Sign #5) for a grand total of 38 variances.  Ground signs are required to be setback 40’ from interior property lines and for frontages with 500’, two ground signs are permitted subject to a distance separation of 200’. Eligible frontage is defined as private as well as public roadways. Signs directing or advertising for uses located on another lot are considered off-premise signage.  The table below summarizes the variances associated with each proposed sign:

Sign Number

Sign Type

Location/Parcel

 Variances

Sign 1

Ground

Martin Avenue ROW

Off-premise/off-site Street setback

Sign 2

Ground L-shaped

Fitness Center-Lot 9

40’ interior setbacks  Not fully parallel to eligible frontage due to shape Off-premise

Sign 2A

Ground

Main Campus-Lot 7

40’ interior setbacks Off-premise

Sign 3

Ground: 4-sided

Fitness-Lot 10

40’ interior setbacks Not fully parallel to eligible frontage due to shape 4 sided sign area, no single face exceeds 45 sf  Off-premise

Sign 4

Ground

Lot 10-West Street

West Street frontage width ineligible due to being under 100’; street setback 40’ interior setbacks Distance separation from sign 5 under 200’ Off-premise

Sign 5

Ground

Lot 10-Linden Oaks

Distance Separation from Sign 4 under 200’

Sign 6

Ground

Main Campus-Lot 7

40’ interior setbacks Off-premise

Sign 7

Ground

Main Campus-Lot 8

40’ interior setbacks Off-premise

Sign 9

Ground

Main Campus-Lot 7 (South)

40’ interior setback Off-premise

Sign 10

Ground

Our Saviour’s Church

Off-premise/off-site •  Street setback

Sign 11

Ground

Main Campus-Lot 7 (North)

40’ interior setback Number of signs per eligible frontage Off-premise

Sign 49

Ground

Main Campus- Lot 7 (North)

Number of signs per eligible                                                                                                                                                                    frontage Distance separation from Sign 50 under 200’ Off-premise

Sign 50

Ground

Main Campus-Lot 7 (North)

Number of signs per eligible frontage Distance separation from Sign 49 under 200’

Staff has worked closely with the petitioner to refine their request to align the proposed ground signs with the intent and regulations of the Municipal Code while also accommodating the uniqueness of the hospital campus.   The number of variances were reduced for the signs previously approved under ZBA #608 by complying with height and sign copy area regulations.  Factoring in the proposed church sign, all signs visible from an external, public roadway are reduced in height.  For signs #2,6,7,9,11,49, and 50, the proposal addresses an existing nonconformity by converting the visible dual-post structures into a monument style with a faux brick base.

 

Staff finds the setbacks and off-premise variances to be reasonable considering the internal platting of the four lots.  The multitude of frontages, intersections, driveways and parking areas necessitate a large amount of signage to efficiently direct traffic and address emergency situations associated with the underlying use.  The non-parallel alignment with the adjacent roadway and multi-sided shape of Signs #2 and 3 occurs at key intersections where traffic approaches from multiple directions. It should be noted for the new sign #2A, Lot 7 does not currently have ground signage on this eligible frontage where this sign is proposed and only interior property line setbacks are required.

 

In conjunction with the replacement of wall and pedestrian signage not requiring variances, staff believes the campus signage update will assist with wayfinding and traffic flow by constructing modern, institutional signage consistent with the health services district.  The petitioner’s responses to the Standards for Granting a Variance can be found in the attachments.  Upon review, staff is in general agreement with the petitioner’s Findings and recommends adoption by the Planning and Zoning Commission. 

 

Key Takeaways

§                     The petitioner requests variances from the Municipal Code sign to install 13 ground signs twelve of which are existing and being replaced in the same general location. 

§                     Staff finds the requested variances meet the standards for granting a variance and are consistent with the uses and site layout associated with Edward Hospital.