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February 24, 2011: Planning Commission
AGENDA:

 
To meet in Regular Session on Thursday, February 24, 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 January 27, 2011.
 
Continue review of proposed Ordinance 2010-77, amending Chapter 1170 of the Codified Ordinances of the City to permit electronic display signs.
 
February 24, 2011: Planning Commission
MINUTES:

 
The Planning Commission of the City of Lyndhurst met in Regular Session on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 7:30 p.m., in the Conference Room of the Lyndhurst Municipal Center, 5301 Mayfield Road. Mayor Joseph M. Cicero, Jr., Chairman, 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; L Puskas, Building Inspector; C J White, Secretary; Marcie Gilmore, General Manager, Legacy Village; Kathy Fromet, Studio Graphique; Kevin Zak, Dorsky, Yue Architects
 
It was moved by Councilman Ward, seconded by Mr. DeCrane that the reading of the minutes of the Regular Meeting held January 27, 2011, 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 unanimously.
 
Motion carried.
 
Continue review of proposed Ordinance 2010-77, amending Chapter 1170 of the Codified Ordinances of the City to permit electronic display signs.
 
A letter from Mr. Mitchell Schneider of First Interstate Properties was distributed to the Planning Commission. A copy of this letter will be made part of the permanent file.
 
Mr. Febo stated that if the proposed ordinance would directly help the city and the residents, then he would be in agreement to allow electronic signage. He then categorized property uses in the city for different signage criteria.
 
Councilman Ward stated that school properties and city properties are exempt. He further stated that he agrees that criteria should be established that would be adhered to in the Community Business District. He further stated that although the proposed ordinance is for larger land areas, he feels that criteria should be established for smaller business properties along Mayfield Road. He then stated that electronic signs should be considered on properties with at least five hundred (500) feet of frontage, or a minimum acreage. The criteria adopted would have to be more encompassing as to location and size of property, as well as the need to get messages out effectively.
 
Mayor Cicero concurred, stating criteria needs to be in place to build from.
 
Kathy Fromet, Studio Graphique, has proposed an electronic display sign for Legacy Village, which will be as long as the existing masonry Legacy Village sign. She stated that the proposed electronic sign will have three panels; however, when looking at the signage, it looks as though it is one sign, and it displays as one sign. She stated that the electronic sign would give Legacy Village the opportunity to display events, new stores opening, and existing stores' messages, instead of having the temporary signage above the masonry "Legacy Village" sign. She further explained that if the electronic signage was to be placed at Legacy Village, it would not have a lot of animation; it would not be flashing or constantly changing, but a method for Legacy Village to promote different events and establishments. She also stated that the electronic sign would be high quality, would be full color, and in keeping with the upscale look and feel of Legacy Village. She then addressed the safety issue, stating that in a three year period of time, electronic signage and/or billboards have not had any negative effects on traffic safety.
 
In answer to the Commission's question regarding brightness of electronic signs, Ms. Fromet stated that brightness is measured in foot candles, and would find out the illumination brightness of the electronic sign they have chosen for Legacy Village.
 
In regards to the proposed ordinance, Mr. Sirk recommended deleting 1170.18 (A) (3), Color, which states "Copy (lettering) shall be limited to a single color with a contrasting background." Councilman Ward concurred.
 
Mr. Kevin Zak, Dorsky - Yuh Architects, stated that wording in the proposed ordinance should reflect criteria to insure the cabinet of the sign is in keeping with the aesthetics of the rest of the buildings in the area.
 
In answer to Mr. Sirk's question in regards to multiple advertising on the segmented panels on the electronic sign for Legacy Village, Ms. Fromet stated that the sign will have the capacity to advertise three different events and/or establishments; however they will follow the ordinance when passed.
 
Councilman Ward stated that he would like to establish a minimum frontage size, on which electronic signs can be placed, and not restrict it to just establishments with acreage.
 
Mr. Sirk stated that he feels that additional signage on a property should be limited; if there is an electronic sign on the property, then somehow limiting other signage should be looked into.
 
In answer to Mr. Sirk's question, Mr. Murphy stated that in 1170.18 (B), the words "TO INCLUDE A MAXIMUM TWENTY FOOT HIGH SIGN FACE AREA AND A MAXIMUM ONE FOOT HIGH BASE," has already been deleted. Mr. Sirk also stated that he hopes the illumination is not too restrictive, the proposed ordinance states one foot candle.
 
Ms. Fromet stated that she would look into the one foot candle illumination and the illumination contrast from day to night.
 
It was moved by Councilman Ward, seconded by Mr. DeCrane that the Law Director rework the current proposed ordinance to include suggested changes made this evening as well as address the information from Kathy Fromet in regards to lumens and then present the Commission with a reworked draft within the next two weeks to determine where to allow electronic display signage.
 
Roll Call:
 
Yeas: DeCrane, Febo, Sirk, Cicero, Ward.
Nays: None.
 
Motion carried.
 
It was moved by Councilman Ward, seconded by Mr. DeCrane that the meeting be adjourned.
 
The question was put to a voice vote and passed unanimously.
 
Motion carried, meeting adjourned at 8:37 p.m.


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