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January 27, 2011: Planning Commission
AGENDA:

 
To meet in Regular Session on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Lyndhurst Municipal Center, 5301 Mayfield Road. Mayor Joseph M. Cicero, Jr., presiding.
 
Members:
Commissioners: V F DeCrane, R S Febo, D J Sirk, J M Cicero, P A Ward
 
Others: P T Murphy, Director of Law; T P Kunz, Building Commissioner; C J White, Secretary
 
Minutes:
 
Approve minutes of the Regular Meeting held May 27, 2010.
 
Proposed Ordinance No. 2010-77
 
Review an ordinance amending Chapter 1170 of the Codified Ordinances of the City to permit electronic display signs in the city and declaring an emergency.
 
January 27, 2011: Planning Commission
MINUTES:

 
The Planning Commission of the City of Lyndhurst met in Regular Session on Thursday, January 27, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Lyndhurst Municipal Center, 5301 Mayfield Road. Mayor Joseph M. Cicero, Jr. presiding.
 
Members Present: Commissioners: V F DeCrane, R S Febo, D J Sirk, J M Cicero, P A Ward
 
Others Present: P T Murphy, Director of Law; T P Kunz, Building Commissioner; C J White, Secretary
 
It was moved by Councilman Ward, seconded by Mr. DeCrane that the minutes of the Regular Meeting held May 27, 2010, copies of which were mailed to all members, be dispensed with and said minutes stand approved as circulated.
 
The question was put to a voice vote and passed with Councilman Ward abstaining.
 
Motion carried.
 
Proposed Ordinance No. 2010-77
 
Review an ordinance amending Chapter 1170 of the Codified Ordinances of the City to permit electronic display signs in the city and declaring an emergency.
 
Mr. Kunz explained that there has been a request by a business owner in the city to have an electronic display sign, for more exposure to the businesses in his center. He further explained that the proposed ordinance would allow for electronic display signs to be located on land areas with fifty (50) acres or more.
 
Mayor Cicero stated that the city needs to attain and retain businesses and in doing so, the most modern way for businesses to advertise is the electronic display signs. He further stated that these types of signs would be able to promote many tenants on the display, taking away the need for one sign per tenant, which would mean less signage and less clutter.
 
Mr. Murphy explained that this proposed ordinance would be for large parcels, fifty (50) acres or more, with numerous tenants. He further stated that these signs have LED lighting, they are not neon signs; the copy is muted and generally very tasteful. He further stated that this proposed ordinance is currently before council, and several considerations need to be made by the Planning Commission and ultimately by council; does the Planning Commission want to allow these types of signs, if so, on what size property would these be allowable, the size of the signs and the parameters. He then stated that he found one error: In Section 1170.18 (B) the maximum height of the sign would be five (5) feet from grade, but should read twenty (20) feet from grade.
 
Councilman Ward stated in Section 1170.06 (k) should read: . . . EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN SECTION 1170.18.
 
Mr. Sirk stated that Section 1170.18 should read: . . . AS DEFINED IN SECTION 1270.04 (b) (9), which should also be reflected in 117.018 (a) as well.
 
Mr. Febo gave a brief history on why these types of signs were prohibited in the past, stating that they were a threat to public safety because of the distraction the signs would cause for drivers. He then stated that he is opposed to these types of signs due to the distraction for drivers. In referring to Section 1170.18 (B), the maximum height of twenty (20) feet from grade, and one hundred twenty square feet of digital display, he feels is extremely large.
 
Councilman Ward explained that the electronic signs will not be flashing, but the messages and/or graphics would fade out to a blank screen and come back in at predetermined intervals.
 
Mr. DeCrane also stated he is not in favor of the electronic signage due to many reasons, one being that it cheapens the aesthetics of the city, and suggested locating the sign somewhere on the property away from the main roads.
 
Councilman Schlessel stated the message on the electronic sign can be restricted, or turned off for periods of time.
 
Mayor Cicero stated that he doesn't feel electronic signs are a distraction, that nowadays, people are accustomed to those types of displays. He further explained that the city has to partner with the businesses in the community to help them survive in this economy. He further stated that electronic signs are inevitable and will be proposed in the not to distant future, and this Planning Commission has the power to regulate the inevitable signage as they determine necessary.
 
Mr. Sirk stated that he does not agree with limiting the copy (lettering to a single color against a contrasting background, as stated in 1170.18 (3). He further stated that he feels the proposed ordinance has to be reworded to describe exactly what kind of electronic signage would be acceptable, and in keeping with the character of the city. He further stated that the copy should fade in and out, and not flash. Councilman Ward concurred.
 
Mr. DeCrane would like to see the message only relating to a single tenant or entity at one time.
 
It was moved by Councilman Ward, seconded by Mr. DeCrane that this item be tabled and discussed in a workshop session to review the language of the proposed ordinance and to review the type of full color graphic electronic signage that will be aesthetically acceptable in the city.
 
Roll Call:
 
Yeas: DeCrane, Febo, Sirk, Cicero, Ward
Nays: None
 
Motion carried.
 
It was moved by Councilman Ward, seconded by Mr. Sirk that the meeting be adjourned.
 
The question was put to a voice vote and passed unanimously.
 
Motion carried, meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.


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