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CL-2237 New Business   Item #: E.       
Meeting Date: 12/03/2019  
Subject:    Request for a Special Use Permit for a Waiver to Maximum Sign Area at 707 Mount Cross Road
From: Kenneth C. Gillie, Jr.

COUNCIL ACTION
Business Meeting:     12/03/2019
SUMMARY
A request has been filed by Powers Signs Inc., on behalf of Averett University, requesting a Special Use Permit for a waiver to maximum sign area in accordance with Article 3.I, Section C, Item 25 of the Zoning Ordinance of the Code of the City of Danville, Virginia 1986, As Amended, at 707 Mount Cross Road, otherwise known as Grid 0708, Block 003, Parcel 000004 of the City of Danville, Virginia Zoning District Map. The applicant is proposing to erect a sign larger than permitted under Article 10, Section M.
BACKGROUND
Averett University North Campus is an approximately 70 acre complex located on Mount Cross Road; the road is currently being improved to add additional lanes.  The campus consists of a sports complex, training facilities, offices and classrooms.  The property is zoned TO-C Transitional Office Commercial.  The TO-C sign regulations limit sign size to 32 sq. ft. with an additional 24 sq. ft. for architectural elements.
 
The TO-C district is designed to be a buffer between commercial and residential uses, but does not adequately address facilities of this size.  The University has requested a Special Use Permit for a 125 sq. ft. digital display ground sign to better advertise events that are to occur at the facility.  This size is consistent with other properties in the area zoned HR-C.

At their meeting of November 12, 2019, the Planning Commission voted 7-0 to recommend approval of the request subject to the following conditions:
 
1.   That the size be limited to 125 sq. ft., and
 
2. That the property be consolidated with adjacent land owned by Averett University, otherwise the sign will be considered off-premise advertising and create a violation of the zoning code.
 
 
RECOMMENDATION
The Planning Commission recommends that Danville City Council adopt an Ordinance granting Special Use Permit application PLSUP20190000388, filed by Powers Signs Inc., on behalf of Averett University, requesting a Special Use Permit for a waiver to maximum sign area in accordance with Article 3.I, Section C, Item 25 of the Zoning Ordinance of the Code of City of Danville, Virginia 1986, as amended, at 707 Mount Cross Road, otherwise known as Grid 0708, Block 003, Parcel 000004 of the City of Danville, Virginia Zoning District Map subject to the following conditions:
 
1.      That the size be limited to 125 sq. ft., and
2. That the property be consolidated with adjacent land owned by Averett University, otherwise the sign will be considered off-premise advertising and create a violation of the zoning code.

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