Sunday, April 5, 2015

Billboard Hearing Confirmed for Tuesday

The first item on the Tuesday City Council meeting agenda is a de novo hearing on the billboard height variance previously rejected by our Planning and Zoning Board. This will be a rehearing where our City Council members will consider the developer's variance request anew.

You can find the meeting agenda linked below, along with the developer's appeal request and presentation documents recently provided to our City Council members. This appeal request contains a number of assertions about the billboard and the requested variance, including the following:
The sign structure is approximately 348 feet from the closest residential property to the north. It is heavily screened by vegetation on the subject property from the residential. It is not visible now from Trentwood Boulevard to the north, and will not be visible even at the increased height of 65 feet.
The developer's statement regarding visibility starkly contrasts with residents' assessments of the billboard's present and future visibility, especially when lit at night. The developer's request does not address what would happen if the vegetation on this lot was thinned or removed. And while approving this height variance may not create a formal precedent for approving future height variances on this lot (such as for a high-rise hotel), the approval of a tall, lit billboard will be a powerful argument in favor of permitting another tall, lit structure down the road.
City Council Meeting Agenda - April 7, 2015 
Variance Appeal Request
Presentation Photos & Diagrams
Don't want another lighted billboard marring your beautiful Belle Isle views? You need to act now because once approved, a billboard is forever. It is vitally important that everyone interested in this issue be in attendance at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 7 at 6:00 p.m. You are also encouraged to write your City Commissioners at the following addresses:

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