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Village Takes Steps to Control Temporary Signs

Deerfield Village Board moves to regulate size of temporary business signs in reaction to Rosebud's sign in August. Zoning changes also approved for Lake Cook Road corridor easing burden for Deerbrook.

A move to regulate the size of permissible temporary business signs took its first step forward Tuesday at a regular meeting of the Village Board of Trustees when it agreed to send the project changing Deerfield’s ordinance to the Plan Commission for initial consideration.

In other action Monday, the Board approved changes to the Village’s zoning ordinance easing the way for retail businesses to open in the Lake Cook Road corridor and approved an ordinance requiring recycling of debris from construction sites.

Earlier: Village Reacts to Rosebud Sign

The Board approved recommendations of the Village Center Development Commission to limit temporary signs to 20 square feet in commercial areas. The next step will be consideration by the Plan Commission within the next two months, according to Associate Planner Kathy LeVeque.

When Trustee Barbara Struthers asked what prompted the study by the Village Center Development Commission, she said.

In April, Rosebud erected a 32-square foot sign in front of its restaurant advertising catering and party trays. At the time, both residents and Village officials expressed displeasure with the temporary marker.

Rosebud’s action was within Deerfield’s regulations, according to Code Enforcement Supervisor Clint Case.

The initial study by the Village Center Development Commission recommends a sign be no more than 20 square feet with no dimension exceeding five feet, according to LeVeque.

Patch will have more detailed stories later this week on the potential sign ordinance and other issues discussed by the Board.

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Tyler Durden January 23, 2013 at 08:57 PM
BDB - 2 last points: 1) the current Board isn't to blame for what did/did not happen decades ago; and, 2) the Board does many, many things that aren't sexy, and go unnoticed - that's their job, to keep the Village operating and pleasant.
Bringin' Down Briarwood January 23, 2013 at 09:59 PM
If "operating and pleasant" are your criteria, I can understand why we don't agree. I'd argue their job is to keep the village strong, vibrant and moving forward.
Jon Hall January 23, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Tyler. You're missing the strike zone. The fix is in. Past comments indicate you're familiar with how the caucus / town meeting works from inside. 165 voters determined the outcome of the upcoming election in effect rigging the ballot at an obscure citizen gathering inside the window of the school vacation holiday in early Jan. When the game is rigged, volunteerism declines. When the game is rigged, the tax payer is cheated. You don't condone cheating or support election rigging do you? Volunteer applicants to boards and commissions in DF are scrutinized, screened, and prioritized for appointment by their board patrons and the mayor. Mayor recommendations are automatic. Anyone applying espousing a special interest out of the vision of incumbents' sphere of interest is rejected. It works this way in DF for a fact-as it does almost everywhere. Harriet doesn't welcome opposition any more than Bernie or Steve, or you. As a soaked and overpaying property owner, I'm sick of years passing as our business tax base erodes while the sign nazis carry the day and as unworthy businesses come and go. The funniest thing about town meeting was how Patch's coverage and my comments could be used get those dating and election signs removed within hours. Don't underestimate methods available to interested local taxpayers who volunteer their time writing comments here on Patch, hopefully to elevate the performance level of the locally elected boards and their volunteer defenders like yourself.
Tyler Durden January 24, 2013 at 12:01 AM
JH - no conspiracy here. I'm just a concerned, informed citizen. I have no problem offering critisism when its due, but I also try to be fair and to recognize good efforts too. The caucus is always publicized and open to anyone who attends. The dates are a creature of state deadlines and available time to organize. I find the Board and Mayor to be rational humans. They listen quite well to rational, well presented thought.
RB January 24, 2013 at 12:31 AM
Maybe they do listen to rational thought, sometimes....Certainly not all the time. I recall one of the board members expressing concern about the Village spending so much money on the Pedistrian underpass. He said the economy was getting worse and the Village should save the money, things may get rough before they get better. The Mayor was dead set against his idea and rammed the project through. It cost the taxpayers over $3 Million Dollars in local and Federal tax dollars. I recall Chuck Malk telling the board that adding more parking places to Deerfield Square would make for tight parking, but that he would do it if they made him. At that time the mayor was a board member but she spearheaded the requirement of more parking spaces. Two times in recent years paid consultants said that proposed stop signs made no sense and were a bad idea. The board over ruled and put the stop signs in anyway. I remember when the owner of the shopping center across the street assigned the close in retail parking spaces to the Prime Source office workers. Retailers rationally complained and the board went with the owner allowing office workers to park in front of stores and restaurants. One restaurant closed and left town blaming the parking fiasco. Where's Prime Source now? Rational thought does not necessarily survive what the board wants to do.

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