OCTOBER 13, 2020
Chairman Green-Fornash called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM. Recording secretary Angela Patterson called roll. Commissioners in attendance for the meeting are Jana Green-Fornash, Curtis Lovell, James Oliver, Angela Patterson, Chad Patterson, Ken Tugwell, and Cliff Wekkin. Delbert Dawson, Sammy Reynolds, and Cliff Wekkin were absent. We have a quorum.
Proposed Request: Lamar Advertising had applied for a permit to place a billboard on Mark Drive in May 2020, tabled by the Commission in June 2020 and then requested a variance July 2020.
All notifications were posted and adjacent property owners within 300 feet of the property were properly notified.
Greg Criner, Real Estate Manager, spoke as representative of Lamar Advertising.
Rex Shaw, TJ Ashley, and Todd Ashley spoke in opposition for granting the variance.
Mr. Shaw, concerned about safety and property values of Shaw Electric, provided the Commission with the study Beyond Aesthetics: How Billboards Affect Economic Prosperity,1 which attempts to quantify devaluations of property values surrounding billboards and economic prosperity. It was shown that “residential real estate within 500 feet of a billboard is $30, 826 less valuable at the time of purchase…”
1 Snyder, Jonathan, urban planner from Philadelphia, December 2011
City Attorney, David Hogue, reminded the group that Ordinance 116 was updated in 2017 to, and he found several problems with the intent of the public hearing, as the city laws aren’t consistent with the state laws. Ordinance 2017-02 permits a limited number of billboards to be placed along Interstate 40, yet 1) does not allow for a variance to be granted, nor 2) placement of billboards any closer in proximity another within 1000 feet. 3). The wording above the signature line on the permit application, “I certify that this sign will comply with all city ordinance,” recognizes that the applicant will follow all city laws, and that 4) variances do not apply to billboards, only in zoning. Therefore, the Commission cannot vote to grant nor deny the application and recommends the refund of the application fee to Lamar Advertising.
JANUARY 14, 2020
Chairman Green-Fornash called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM. Recording secretary Angela Patterson called roll. Commissioners in attendance for the meeting are Jana Green-Fornash, James Oliver, Angela Patterson, Chad Patterson, Ken Tugwell, and Cliff Wekkin. Adam Cox, Delbert Dawson, and Sammy Reynolds were absent. We have a quorum.
Proposed Requests: The purpose of this hearing was to explain the proposed rezoning of the City of Mayflower’s city limits, including simplifying the city’s zoning map and ordinance(s), which the Planning Commission had previously approved, and plan to make a recommendation of acceptance to the City Council.
Chief Josh Woods briefly described the proposed zoning map and answered questions from the residents in attendance.
With no further comments, Chairman Green-Fornash adjourned the public hearing at 6:30 PM.