Source: The Corydon Democrat

Corydon tweaks sign ordinance

by Alan Stewart

October 15, 2013

Unlike the September meeting of Corydon’s Planning and Zoning Board, where several people spoke against a 7-month-old sign ordinance, the Oct. 7 meeting had no one oppose proposed changes to the ordinance.

The board’s sign ordinance committee came up with a few changes and clarifications to the existing mandate: 1) Informational and directional signs that have a purpose secondary to the use of the lot or business and having no commercial message, such as “No parking,” “Entrance,” “Open,” “Closed,” “Hours of business” and similar wording are allowed in areas zoned R-3, B-1, I-1 and I-2; incidental signs shall not exceed 2-1/2 square feet; 2) Within the special sign district downtown, feather signs (large vertical flags running the length of a pole) are not allowed; informational light-emitting diode (LED) signs that are static (non-changing) and read “Open,” “Closed” and “Hours of business” will be allowed but may not exceed 2-1/2 square feet in size; and, 3) Regarding projecting signs, no sign shall project or extend over any street, public alley or roadway; if a projecting sign is approved, it shall be adequately attached, anchored and installed to withstand 90 mph winds.

Regarding LED signs, the original version of the ordinance listed all LED signs as being prohibited. At last month’s meeting, board members who helped draw up the ordinance said their intent was to ban flashing or scrolling LED signs, not LED signs that read “Open,” “Closed” or list business hours.

The board is expected to vote on the changes at its next meeting, Nov. 4.

In another matter, the board said it would notify Vintage & Chic owner Bonnie Hayes that she has one sign too many and will have to remove one.

“We can’t make the decision for her, but she needs to remove one of the signs, and she needs to get a permit for the other one,” board chair Glenn Thienel said.

The board also approved three signs: Angie Reed, owner of Hometown Salon and Barber Shop, will have vinyl lettering put back in place on her storefront; owner Katie Beckort’s revamped, black-and-gold Butt Drugs sign at the business (Beckort also will get a sign permit); and a new sign for Corydon Instant Print.

Prior to the meeting, the appeals board met briefly. New board members Steve Parker and Jeffrey Cooper were welcomed.

The appeals board heard from Bob Redden, who requested a variance that would allow for the building of the next Habitat for Humanity house near the intersection of McGrain and Harrison streets. Current ordinances require a 100-foot road frontage. As the lines are drawn now, Redden said he can only get to 79.5 feet. In order to get to the required frontage, he said Habitat wouldn’t be able to build as many houses on the four lots.

After some discussion, it was decided that the request would be tabled so Redden could come up with a different layout for the property lines to maximize the use of the lots.

The board also tabled until next month a variance request on a two-story accessory building on a lot owned by Jeremy Miller. According to the board, Miller failed to put a notice sign on the front of his property notifying neighbors of the hearing. The notice is to be displayed until next month.