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April 7, 2011: Planning Commission
AGENDA:

 
To meet in Special Session on Thursday, April 7, 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 February 24, 2011.
 
Review Ordinance No. 2010-77 (Amended), relative to Electronic Display Signs and Permanent Banners.
 
April 7, 2011: Planning Commission
MINUTES:

 
The Planning Commission of the City of Lyndhurst met in Special Session on Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 7:30 p.m., in the Conference Room of the Lyndhurst Municipal Center, 5301 Mayfield Road.
 
Members Present:
Commissioners: V F DeCrane, R S Febo, D J Sirk, P A Ward
 
Others Present: P T Murphy, Director of Law; L A Schlessel, Vice Mayor; L Puskas, Building Inspector; C J White, Secretary.
 
It was moved by Mr. Febo, seconded by Councilman Ward that the reading of the minutes of the Regular Meeting held February 24, 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.
 
Review Ordinance No. 2010-77 (Amended), relative to Electronic Display Signs and Permanent Banners.
 
Mr. Paul Murphy explained that a memo was distributed to the commissioners along with the agenda and the proposed ordinance. He stated that the memo explained proposed changes to proposed Ordinance Number 2010-77; these proposed changes were brought about after speaking with various individuals. He then stated that after speaking with Kathy Fromet of Studio Graphique, Section 6 (B) of 1170.18, the word PHOTOCELL should be PHOTOSENSOR. Mr. Murphy further stated that Section 1170.18, (6) (A), after LOCATION AND TIME should read, "WHEN MEASURED AT THE RECOMMENDED DISTANCE, BASED ON THE DIGITAL DISPLAY SIZE."
 
In answer to Mr. DeCrane's question regarding electronic signage following the curvature of an existing sign and regulations governing sign styles, Councilman Ward stated the sign in question will be curved, but multiple sign panels could achieve the same look. He further stated that all proposed signage would have to be approved by the Architectural Board of Review.
 
In answer to Councilman Ward's question regarding regulations on clarity of the sign message, Mr. Sirk stated that the proposed ordinance does say full color spectrum, which would limit the signage to LEDs that could produce full color.
 
Mr. Febo asked if this proposed ordinance would allow electronic signage similar to the one which is in front of South Euclid City Hall.
 
Councilman Ward stated no, there were only two colors on that sign, and the clarity is not in conformance with the proposed legislation.
 
Mr. Febo stated he feels that this proposed ordinance may be too restrictive as there are few properties in the city that would accommodate electronic signage, according to the proposed legislation.
 
Mr. Murphy explained that the intent was to craft an ordinance as a starting point for certain parcels in the city that are of a certain size, which has a certain number of tenants that wanted a larger sign than would be permitted in the city on any property in order to draw attention to that property. He further stated that once the legislation is in place and tried, then City Council can modify it as they see fit.
 
Discussion continued regarding two (200) hundred feet between signs, on different properties. Councilman Ward explained that the two (200) hundred feet regulation is to minimize clutter along the right of way.
 
Mr. Sirk suggested adding a section, in the future, within the legislation for smaller electronic signs and banner signs. He also stated that he would like to see consistencies with any new signage within the city, moving toward the new technology.
 
Discussion continued on the size of the digital display area as stated in Chapter 1170.18 Section 11 (B). It was decided that that portion of the proposed ordinance read: . . . "THE TOTAL HEIGHT SHALL BE A MAXIMUM OF TEN FEET FROM GRADE, TO INCLUDE A MAXIMUM THIRTY (30) FOOT WIDE SIGN FACE AREA AND A MAXIMUM SIX FOOT HIGH BASE. THE SIZE OF THE DIGITIAL DISPLAY SHALL NOT EXCEED 120 SQUARE FEET, SHALL BE FULLY FRAMED AND SHALL NOT EXCEED 50% OF THE TOTAL AREA OF THE SIGN."
 
In reference to 1170.19 (J), Councilman Ward recommended the following verbiage: "THE ARCHITECTURAL BOARD OF REVIEW RESERVES THE RIGHT TO APPROVE THE SUPPORT SYSTEM, MESSAGE AND IMAGE CONTENT OF ALL BANNERS."
 
It was moved by Councilman Ward, seconded by Mr. DeCrane that recommendation be made to Council to adopt proposed Ordinance No. 2010-77(Amended), with changes made as stated in these minutes, relative to 1170.18 (B), Section 1170.18, (6) (A), 1170.18 Section 11 (B) and 1170.19 (J).
 
Roll Call:
 
Yeas: DeCrane, Febo, Sirk, Ward, Schlessel
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 8:40 p.m.


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