Commission forwards discussion on trees and signs to public hearing

  • Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 8:02 p.m.

Aiken Planning Commission chose to forward Tuesday’s discussion on the City of Aiken’s zoning ordinance concerning sign visibility and trees to a public hearing next month.

In June, City Council approved a change to the zoning ordinance regarding sign visibility and trees to allow the removal of specific trees to improve freestanding sign visibility along street fronts. Since then, there have been issues concerning signage along the rear of property lines where trees are blocking a sign on the wall of a building, according to interim Planning Director Tommy Paradise.

At a work session on Tuesday, Planning Commission looked at rewording the ordinance to include that all signage, whether freestanding or connected to the building, be permitted to have trees removed if trees are blocking the sign’s visibility from the road.

“They looked at this all a while ago, but sometimes once you think you have something covered, after you get done and take a step back you realize there were things missed,” Paradise said. “Planning Commission just wants to make sure they have all the various parts of the ordinance covered.”

David Jameson, president of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce, said the changes the City had made in the past concerning sign visibility and trees were a step in the right direction. He also said, while the City’s intent is good, the process still remains complicated and could be further streamlined.

The next Planning Commission public hearing will be held Sept. 9 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers, on the second floor of the Municipal Building, located at 214 Park Ave.

Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. Follow her on Twitter @MaayanSchechter

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