Greenville Planning Commission to adjust city’s sign ordinance

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:02 am on Friday, January 25, 2013

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Planning Commission is working on adjusting a current ordinance addressing large signs for non-residential uses.
During its regular meeting Thursday night, the commission approved to move forward with adding regulations to the current ordinance — ordinance No. 150 regarding signs — that affects residential zones on 10 acres or more.

“This is in response to a desire from (Montcalm Community College) for a new sign at the (Greenville campus),” Planning Commission Chairman David Ralph said.

The college is expanding its campus and would like to put a sign on Hillcrest Street similar to the digital sign Greenville High School has in front of its location, said Assistant City Manager Cameron Van Wyngarden.

The commission decided Thursday to amend the currant ordinance to include certain regulations to help accommodate this type of situation.

The new regulations include only allowing one sign per parcel that is not greater than 100 square feet. The location has to have a minimum of 10 feet from the property line and cannot exceed six feet in height.

The incidental sign cannot be more than 32 square feet.

Tim Johnson of MainStreet Planning said some tweaking may still need to be made to the ordinance in the future.

“When we try to accommodate, some unintended consequences could occur,” Johnson said, noting he hopes that does not happen with this, but it’s a possibility.

Planning commission approved to set a public hearing regarding the amended ordinance for 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 14.

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