6.8.3. Sign Control Districts – Historic Overlay Control District
The Historic Overlay District is comprised of the area defined on Zoning Map, adopted March 18, 1997 as may be amended. The Historic Overlay District has a unique and historic character that is considered to be one of the most important assets of the Historic District and it is the intent of these Sign Regulations to preserve this character. In order to accomplish this objective, all permanent signage within, and adjacent to, this District unless otherwise stated shall be approved by the Community Development Committee. The Community Development Committee has the responsibility to insure that all signage within the Historic Overlay District is compatible with the historical and architectural features which prevail in this area and that it complies with other stated objectives and applicable requirements of these regulations.
Within the Historic Overlay District, a permanent wall sign may not be located on an architectural mansard.
The use of off-premises signs in the Historic Overlay Control District sign control district is hereby prohibited, except by variation.
Sign Permit Process in the Historic Overlay District
1. Submit a sign permit application. All sign placement, sizes, and design shall conform to the requirements to Article 6.8, Sign Regulations, of the UDO unless otherwise varied by the Village Board. Indirect illumination of signs is preferred.
2. Historic Overlay District Appearance Review. Historic Overlay District Appearance Review shall be required prior to issuing a zoning certificate for any construction, addition or exterior alteration in the Historic Overlay District.
What is the process for an appearance Review?
Village Staff Review: The application will be forwarded for review to the Village Board Community Development Committee.
Action by the Community Development Committee: A public meeting shall be set, notices, and conducted by the Community Development Committee. Within fourteen (14) days after the conclusion of the public meeting, the Community Development Committee shall transmit to the Village Board its recommendation to grant, grant with conditions, or to deny the exterior appearance approval request. In reaching its recommendation, the Community Development Committee shall be guided by the purposes for which the exterior appearance review process has been created and by the particular standards and considerations set forth in the Article.
Action by the Village Board: Within fourteen (14) days after receipt of the recommendation the Village Board shall grant exterior appearance approval, or shall make modifications acceptable to the applicant and approve such modified application, or shall deny the application. In reaching its recommendation, the Village Board shall be guided by the purposes for which the exterior appearance review process has been created and by the particular standards and considerations set forth in the Article.
3. Notification. Applicant will be notified of Village Board action by Village staff and permit will either be issued, modified or denied for sign.
4. Expiration. Such appearance review approval shall be effective for no more than one (1) year from the date of approval unless, upon written request by the Applicant, the Village Board grants an extension of time for any additional one (1) year. But said right to so extent said time shall not include the right to grant additional relief by expanding the scope of the variation.