Signs, signs everywhere there’s signs. Or at least it can feel that way sometimes. The City’s Zoning Code provides for regulation of commercial signs but I have to admit we have some corridors in town that suffer from what I would call visual blight. And to be fair, it’s not just business signs; it’s temporary signs, illegal signs, and even City signs for no parking and no cut through traffic. I’m not diminishing the importance of any one sign to somebody out there but it seems like we need a little visual streamlining. When it comes to signs, less can be more. At this point, with so much clutter it’s hard to see anything — it’s all a bit of a blur. This is the kind of conversation that I suspect you’ll hear if you join in the next Zoning Review Session scheduled for Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 7:30 PM.
Here’s the announcement of the meeting, including the agenda, and staff report.
Good Afternoon Everyone:
We are ready to move on to the next topic in the Comprehensive Zoning Code update. This will lead us into the discussion of the signage regulations. This is one area of the code that gets a lot of attention both from an administrative standpoint and in interest from the public.
The meeting at which this will be discussed has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 7:30 PM. The Planning Commission will meet at 7:00 PM that same evening and has one case on its agenda.
The 7:30 PM meeting will continue to involve the Planning Commission, BZA, City Council and the Sustainability Commission. Attached to this email are the agenda for the meeting along with the staff report, a copy of the current Kent zoning regulations related to signage, what had bee prepared in the draft UDC and a copy of the code enacted in 2008 from the Village of Obetz, OH (near Columbus) which staff believes has some nice features. As has been the case with the past meetings, we hope to get your thoughts, concerns and ideas so that we can couple them with our suggestions and begin to draft actual code sections related to signage.
I hope to see you at the meeting.
Gary Locke, Community Development Director