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File #: 19-1169    Version: 1
Type: Public Hearing Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 11/20/2019 In control: Planning and Zoning Commission
On agenda: 12/4/2019 Final action:
Title: Conduct the public hearing to consider a variance to reduce the required width of a monument sign at the subject property located at 1837 Centre Point Circle (Holiday Inn Express) - PZC 19-1-117
Attachments: 1. Application, 2. Legal Description, 3. Location Map, 4. Sign Rendering, 5. Site Plan
PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION AGENDA ITEM

ACTION REQUESTED:
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Conduct the public hearing to consider a variance to reduce the required width of a monument sign at the subject property located at 1837 Centre Point Circle (Holiday Inn Express) - PZC 19-1-117
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DEPARTMENT: Transportation, Engineering and Development

SUBMITTED BY: Erin Venard

BOARD/COMMISSION REVIEW:
Official notice for the public hearing for PZC 19-1-017 was published in the Daily Herald on Monday, November 18, 2019.

BACKGROUND:
The subject property is located northeast of Centre Pointe Circle and south of Interstate 88 with a common address of 1837 Centre Pointe Circle. It is 3.4 acres, is zoned B3 (General Commercial District), and is improved with a 4-story hotel building. The existing hotel is currently being rebranded from Country Inn & Suites to Holiday Inn Express. The petitioner, Rob Freedman with QT Signs, is requesting a variance to reduce the required width of a proposed monument sign.

DISCUSSION:
Section 6-16-5:2.2.1 (Signs on Commercial and Institutional Property: Ground Signs) of the Municipal Code states that each property with a minimum of one hundred (100) feet of lot frontage is allowed one monument sign, oriented perpendicular to the eligible frontage. Per Section 6-16-2 (Signs: Definitions), a monument sign is defined as a type of ground sign which is permanently attached to the ground and anchored by a support structure a minimum of 80% of the width of the sign. The petitioner requests a variance to permit a monument sign that is anchored by a support structure that is 64% of the width of the sign.

The purpose of the monument sign width requirement is to prohibit the use of pole signs. The proposed sign, while not meeting the 80% width requirement, does not have the appearance of a pole sign. Per the petitioner, the sign prototype is part of the Holiday Inn Express corporate brand. The petitioner's responses to the standards for granting a variance ar...

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