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October 27, 2012

Commission continues look at sign regulations

DANVILLE — The Danville Area Planning and Zoning Commission will again consider sign regulation changes in the city this month.

Commission members last month continued a public hearing until November on a rezoning petition requested by the city’s zoning administrator that Chapter 150 of the city code, known as the Danville Zoning Ordinance, be amended to make various changes to the signage regulations in Article 7 of the ordinance.

The changes include allowing animated signs in the B4 Central Business Zoning District for properties on which the use is classified as a public use.

Commission members last month brought up questions about animated or flashing signs, such as at Schlarman Academy and several churches.

Commissioners asked about possibly regulating the brightness; the distance the signs should be from the public right of way and intersections with red, green and other lights; and if there should be height restrictions.

Freestanding signs, permanent signs not attached to a building, were allowed prior to 2008 in the central business zoning area, from Williams to Main streets and a four-block section east to west including the downtown area.

The ordinance language would mean the city, county, library or another public entity could put up a sign on a public-owned and public use lot. Business owners in the downtown area could not, a factor commission chairman Pat O’Shaughnessy also questioned. Last month he asked why public and private uses should be different.

Danville Planning and Zoning Manager Chris Milliken said the city doesn’t want to see 15 to 20 animated signs in the downtown area, to help preserve its character.

A city sign could state public messages and help advertise downtown events and other activities involving businesses, he said.

The proposed ordinance changes also would incorporate new wording that would prohibit animated signs being only red or green in color within 150 feet of a traffic-controlled intersection and not everywhere as the language states today.

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