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BILLBOARD

The Lucas County Plan Commission has voted to recommend against a proposed amendment to the Sylvania Township Zoning Resolution which could allow for a billboard to be erected at Central Park West.

The billboard suggested would be what is known as “off-premise” meaning its advertising would not be limited to businesses located at the site.

Daryl Graus, manager of the Sylvania Township office of planning and zoning, said the township does allow for some off-premise signs, but they are limited to 15 ft. in height with a sign face no greater than 72 sq. ft.

The amendment requested by JPM Holdings, LLC would allow for a sign of 32 ft. in height with a  face of up to 382 sq. ft.

The county plan commission staff noted that in 2016 Sylvania Township began to discourage pole-mounted signs in favor of lower profile monument signs. The staff also noted studies have suggested that billboards have “secondary negative effects on surrounding property values.”

The staff recommendation was for the commission to recommend against approval of the proposed amendment.

The staff noted that, “recent measures have been taken to reduce the visual blight of non-monument style signage in Sylvania Township.” 

Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer

Posted: August 27, 2020

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