MINUTES

Planning and Zoning Commission

March 23, 2009 

            The Clarkson Valley Planning and Zoning Commission, pursuant to notices published in the West Newsmagazine on Wednesday, March 4th and the Clarkson Valley website since February 23rd and letters mailed to residents living within 500' of the proposal on Friday, March 6th, met at City Hall on Monday, March 23, 2009 in the Fru-Con Center's third floor Presentation Room at 15933 Clayton Road to consider one agenda item and to make a recommendation to the Board of Aldermen. 

            Planning and Zoning Commission Members present were: 

                        Susan Shea, Chairman, Alderperson, Ward 1

                        Artie Ahrens

                        Gregg Bogosian

                        Anne Grabner

                        Paul Mercurio 

                        Newly appointed commission members, Jerry Litschgi and Lin Midyett were welcomed and were there to observe. 

Commissioner Frank Hodgdon and Commission Members John Cloute, and Jack Hauser were not able to attend. 

The City Clerk, Michele McMahon, also attended. 

            After the meeting was called to order, the Chairman asked the City Clerk to read the Notice of Public Hearing for the agenda item being considered tonight: To consider a request from Midwest Music for a special use permit for signage larger than four (4) square feet at property known as 15977 Clayton Road and to make a recommendation to the Board of Aldermen.  Mr. Jerry Roberts, owner of Midwest Music Electronic Services, Inc. was given the floor.  However, Mr. Greg Bogosian interjected he did not understand the ordinance as it is written and would like to send the request back to the Board of Aldermen that they re-write the code.  Discussion ensued as to why the code was written for signs not to exceed four (4) square feet.  Some members of the Commission indicated they would like to have the code written with a pre-determined maximum size and the types of materials the city would like them to consider, e.g. brick, stucco, etc.; and what style of lighting the city would like to see.  The chairman stated that since discussion centered on the existing sign, request number (2) on the Application would be discussed first. 

            Mrs. Shea shared with the Board various elevations of other signs in the city that received special use permits, including one request in 2000 from Ellisville United Methodist of a monument sign.  Through discussion, it was determined the church was using the existing sign as a temporary sign.  The monument was placed on hold by the church, first because Clayton Road was being widened.  Then the church purchased land in Wildwood and it was permanently put on hold.  The Board Members spoke to Mr. Roberts about the appearance of the sign, as it is now.  Ann Grabner said the grounds on which the music store sits has to be the least attractive spot in Clarkson Valley.  Further stating that unfortunately, these signs make it more so.  A vote was taken to establish whether this commission considers the existing sign on the property known as 15977 Clayton Road a permanent sign with the following results:  Yeas:  There were none.  Nays:  Ahrens, Bogosian, Grabner, Mercurio and Shea.  With that established, the Commission asked Mr. Roberts if he has considered signage attached to the building?  Mr. Roberts said he has, however the configuration of the building isnít conducive to that.  He stated that the costs of starting a new business in the current financial market have been higher than expected, and that he is not financially able to install a monument sign at this time.  More discussion ensued, after which time two more votes were taken. 

            A vote was taken to recommend to the Board of Aldermen that they issue a Special Use Permit allowing this temporary sign for six (6) months, at which time a plan must be submitted to City Hall for a monument sign.  Yeas:  Bogosian and Grabner.  Nays:  Ahrens, Mercurio and Shea.   

            A vote was taken to recommend to the Board of Aldermen that they issue a Special Use Permit allowing this temporary sign for four (4) months, at which time a plan must be submitted to City Hall for a monument sign.  Yeas:  Ahrens, Bogosian, Grabner and Shea.  Nays:  Mercurio.  It was determined Mr. Roberts could remove the tarp covering the temporary sign and the Board of Aldermen would consider this proposal April 7.   

            The Application for a Hearing Before Planning and Zoning was discussed and Mr. Roberts explained why he stated on the application (1) Change lettering on existing sign to reflect new occupant.  He said he was under the assumption it was a previously approved and permitted sign and he wanted to receive this Commissionís permission to change the text from Ellisville United Methodist to Midwest Music.  Since this was not an approved sign, he stated he would like that request removed from the Application.  A vote was taken to remove the first item on the application with the following result:  Yeas:  Ahrens, Bogosian, Grabner and Shea.  Nays:  Mercurio.   

Item number three was then discussed:  (3) Approve usage of small portable sign.  There was no discussion.  A vote was taken with the following results:  Yeas: There were none.  Nays:  Ahrens, Bogosian, Grabner, Mercurio and Shea 

            The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m. 

                                                            Respectfully submitted, 

                                                            Susan Shea

                                                            Planning and Zoning Commission

                                                            City of Clarkson Valley

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