Sylvania Township trustees have turned down a proposed amendment to the township’s zoning resolution which would have allowed for a billboard at Central Park West.¬†

The proposed billboard would have been allowed to advertise things not necessarily at that location. That type of billboard is known as “off-premise.”

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

The amendment sought by JPM Holdings, LLC would allow for a 30 ft. high sign with a face of up to 382 sq. ft.

The Lucas County Plan Commission recommended the proposed amendment be denied as did the Sylvania Township Zoning Commission.

The township’s zoning staff also recommended disapproval.

Mr. Graus noted that some years ago Sylvania Township had adopted amendments to its sign code which encouraged the use of monument, or low profile, signs.

John Crandall, chairman of the trustees, suggested that larger signs might not be appropriate in most of the township, but that he didn’t see a problem if they were limited to the highly commercial Central Avenue and Reynolds Road.

He made a motion to approve the amendment, adding those two roadways, but it failed with trustees John Jennewine and Neal Mahoney voting against it.

The trustees did approve a zoning change for an office building at 4930 Holland-Sylvania Rd, across the street from the Sylvania Township Administration Building.

The applicants for the change, Jeffrey and Robert Lydy, said the rezoning it from professional-business office to general commercial, will allow for a greater range of businesses allowed in the 9,000 sq. ft. multi-tenant building.

Jeffrey Lydy told trustees that a nail salon and a massage therapist had inquired about renting space, but that neither business was allowed under the current zoning.

The county plan commission and the township zoning commission both recommended approval of the change as did the staff of the township planning and zoning office.


Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer

Posted: November 5, 2020

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