Council to vote on signage changes

By Joshua Keeran -

An ordinance to amend the Urbana Corridor Development Standards (UCDS) will be put to a vote during City Council’s 6 p.m. meeting today in municipal court chambers.

The ordinance, which will undergo a third and final reading, seeks to make two primary changes to the UCDS based on recommendations from the Urbana Planning Commission.

If approved, language in the signage section of the UCDS would be amended to allow businesses in the Urbana Corridor Overlay District (commercial or industrial properties located on state or U.S. Routes in the city) to have 2 square feet of signage for every lineal foot of occupied frontage. The current language allows 1 square foot of signage for every one lineal foot of frontage.

As for language in the UCDS that limits the total amount of square footage of signage a business within the Urbana Corridor Overlay District is allowed, the ordinance also calls for the elimination of the current square footage signage cap of 100 square feet for most businesses and 150 square feet for large-format retail establishments.

Businesses in the downtown overlay or those that are part of a planned unit development (PUD) would see no changes in signage requirements since these businesses are not part of the Urbana Corridor Overlay District, Community Development Manager Doug Crabill said.

In a separate legislative matter, council will hear the second reading of a ordinance to provide a statement of services to 638 Childrens Home Road and approve an annexation agreement with Urbana Township.

Under the proposed agreement, the city, which currently provides water and sewer services to the property, would pay the township a one-time payment of $1,084.92, and in return, the property would be annexed into the city.

Crabill said the payment proposed by the township is based on a model outlined in the Ohio Revised Code.

In other business:

•Council will hear the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the director of administration to dispose of surplus real estate located at 1412 N. Main St. (former armory).

•Administration will recommend council increase a purchase order to Alloway by $15,000. On Jan. 5, council approved a blanket purchase order to Alloway in the amount of $18,000 for lab testing for the Water Reclamation Facility.

•A resolution in support of the Ohio Department of Transportation’s designation of U.S. bicycle routes within the state and the further designation of state bicycle routes within the state, county and city, will undergo a first reading.

By Joshua Keeran

Joshua Keeran may be reached at 937-652-1331 (ext. 1774) or on Twitter @UDCKeeran.

Joshua Keeran may be reached at 937-652-1331 (ext. 1774) or on Twitter @UDCKeeran.

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