WARSAW — The Warsaw Board of Zoning Appeals heard one variance request during the meeting held tonight July 22.
RWL Sign Company, of Kalamazoo, Mich., submitted a variance from developmental standards request. The request would allow a 25-foot sign to be placed at 2020 Polk Drive, Warsaw, the John Deere dealership.
Senior City Planner Justin Taylor explained that in an I-2 zoning district, a 12-foot sign is traditionally the maximum height accepted. “Historically, the board has approved variance requests to alter height restrictions for signage along the US 30 corridor,” noted Taylor.
Mark Ritchie, of RWL Sign Company, was present at the meeting to explain the request.
“Make it a long story short, we’re asking for an additional 13 feet,” said Ritchie. “And it is for the visibility going down 30 … We’re not even going to be close to the right-of-way.”
After further explaining that the sign would be behind an existing fence, Board President Tom Allen expressed his approval for the request. “That looks like it’s pretty safe to me.”
No further public comment was heard. The board voted unanimously to approve the request.
A second use variance request was tabled until next month as the proper advertisements had not been made. This request, made by Nathan Prieshoff, is a use variance to allow a tattoo parlor in a C-4 zoning district located at 112 E. Center Street.