Residents can give Glenville officials a sign this evening if they are unhappy with proposed changes to the zoning ordinance.
The Town Board will hold a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. on a series of proposed changes regulating signs. The purpose is to bring the code into the 21st century because at the time the ordinance was written, it didn’t account for flashing message boards and multiple businesses within a small location.
Because of the outdated code, many businesses have had to seek variances from the Zoning Board of Appeals.
“It was detrimental to us for the expansion of businesses,” said Deputy Supervisor Alan Boulant.
Among the changes is the addition of a new category of signs called monument signs, which are mounted from the ground and have smaller signs representing many businesses — such as in a shopping plaza. Town officials believe these are more attractive than the signs mounted on poles. One example is the new Target on Route 50, which the developer got a variance to install.
One monument sign or pole sign not to exceed 75 square feet would be permitted at the main entrance to a shopping center.
A maximum of 15 square feet of display area is permitted on a sign. Total sign square footage on a lot will be limited to 150 square feet.
Also, the new ordinance will remove the ban on internally lighted signs. Previously, signs could be lighted only by back lighting or direct lighting. The technology and materials have improved so these signs no longer look cheap.
The new ordinance changes the types of materials that can be used. Previously, the signs had to be made of wood, simulated wood, stone, brick or composite materials. Plastic materials were allowed only on the sign frame or the case housing the sign. However, there are new plastic materials that are more attractive, town officials say.
Another addition is that LED signs will be allowed, but will be regulated so they do not flash or change message excessively. According to the ordinance, these signs would be permitted only in the community business, general business and research/development/technology zoning districts. One sign would be allowed per property not to exceed 32 square feet in display area and the message may not change for a minimum of 20 seconds. There is also a limit on the sign’s brightness.
The ordinance also allows sandwich board and sidewalk signs. These can be no bigger than 6 square feet and must be removed at the end of each business day.