Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Bookmark and Share
File #: 20-244    Version: 1
Type: Public Hearing Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 2/13/2020 In control: Planning and Zoning Commission
On agenda: 2/19/2020 Final action: 2/19/2020
Title: Conduct the public hearing to consider a sign variance from Section 6-16-6:3.5.1 (Special Areas of Control: Development Identification Signage) for the Water Street Shops (PZC 19-1-136) located at 135 Water Street
Attachments: 1. Development Petition, 2. Plat of Survey, 3. Water Street Sign Location and Map, 4. Findings of Fact, 5. Water Street Shops Sign Package, 6. Legal Description
PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION AGENDA ITEM

ACTION REQUESTED:
title
Conduct the public hearing to consider a sign variance from Section 6-16-6:3.5.1 (Special Areas of Control: Development Identification Signage) for the Water Street Shops (PZC 19-1-136) located at 135 Water Street

body
DEPARTMENT: Transportation, Engineering and Development

SUBMITTED BY: Scott Williams, AICP

BOARD/COMMISSION REVIEW:
Official notice for the public hearing for PZC 19-1-136 as published in the Daily Herald on Monday, January 27, 2020.

BACKGROUND:
The subject property consists of approximately 0.65 acres and located within the boundaries of the North Phase of the Water Street District. It is zoned B4 (Central Business District) PUD. The subject property is located south of the West Branch of the DuPage River, west of Main Street and east of Webster Street. The size of both the North and South Phases of the Water Street District is approximately 1.2 acres excluding the Water Street Parking Garage. The development identification sign would apply to the restaurants and retailers located along both sides of Water Street.

DISCUSSION:
The petitioner, Carmela Menna (Omega Sign & Lighting), proposes to install a "Water Street Shops" sign on the north elevation at the top of the fourth story of the Theater Building. Per Municipal Code Section 6-16-6:3.5.1, one development identification wall sign is permitted with a maximum area of 32 square feet. The proposed sign including the backer panel is 92 square feet.

As part of the special areas of control for the downtown, the West Branch of the DuPage River is considered eligible frontage and tenants in the North Phase of the Water Street District have constructed wall or awning sign facing this direction. The majority of these tenants are located on the first-floor which limits placing the signs higher up on the facade. The retail tenants located in the South Phase lack any visibility and business identification from north o...

Click here for full text