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May 7, 2010: City Commission approves sign changes to Land Development Code

After examining emerging trends in commercial development and in an effort to provide local businesses with additional tools in a tough economic climate, the City Commission and staff revisited the sign code and approved changes to help businesses’ marketability and sign visibility. A number of business community members, including representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, attended the signage forum in November 2009 and provided input.

On May 4, 2010, the City Commission unanimously approved changes to the City’s Land Development Code to allow multi-tenant monument signs for certain commercial properties and other miscellaneous sign code amendments.

The amendments were developed to increase visibility of business signs along the street for larger shopping centers, while limiting signage clutter through street frontage and distance requirements.

The changes include:
· Allowing monument signs on centers that possess a minimum of 400 feet of lineal street frontage or 40,000 square feet in floor area;
· Require a separation of 200 feet between monument signs;
· Increase the maximum allowable height of the sign from six feet to seven feet.
· Establish the maximum letter height for individual tenant letters at six inches with a minimum height of 4 inches;
· Allow monument signs to display up to 6 individual tenant names per sign face in the same front with no logos or brand identity permitted. Only business names shall be permitted with no generic names describing the function of the business;
· Require that a minimum of two directional signs are provided and installed in conjunction with a multi-tenant monument sign. Each directional sign shall be no larger than six square feet in a sign area and 4 feet in overall height.

In addition, property owners must remove signs for abandoned businesses within 30 days of the last day of operation, and holes must be filled and covered to match the existing façade. Damaged signs with repairs costing more than 50 percent of the original cost of the sign must also be replaced.

“I certainly want to commend staff for listening to our citizens to our business people and the members of our Chamber and the dialogue that we had in our workshop in producing the product that you’ve brought to us,” Vice Mayor Claudette Bruck said. “I’m delighted to see that there will be some pre-approved models so that someone doesn’t have to go through an expensive process.”

The Chamber of Commerce was also involved in providing input to the City Commission and staff throughout this process.

“The Chamber met with City staff and elected officials numerous times and I want to thank you for all that you for the hard work you’ve done,” Chamber of Commerce President Cindy Brief said.  “I’m very proud to say that we were able to work together to meet both the needs of our business members while keeping in mind the importance of the aesthetics of Coral Springs to both business and residents.”

For more information on the recent changes, please call 954-344-1160.


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