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Posted: July 08, 2021
Rapid City
Agenda Item Summary

Agenda Item Ref. #: 21VA007 - Section 6, T1N, R8E

Agenda Item Title:

21VA007 - Variance to allow an 89.44 square foot LED sign in lieu of a maximum 60 square foot sign

Origination Group:
Planning Commission
Origination Meeting Date:
Central States Fair, Inc.
Staff Contact:
Sarah Hanzel, Planning Projects Division Manager
West of Cambell Street between San Francisco Street and Centre Street
Agenda Item Summary:
The applicant has submitted a Variance request to allow an 89.44 square foot light emitting diode (LED) reader board sign in lieu of a maximum 60 square foot maximum sign allowed by the Rapid City Municipal Code. The property is located on the eastern portion of the Central States Fairgrounds, adjacent to Cambell Street between Centre Street and San Francisco Street. The subject property is zoned Flood Hazard District and is 22.43 acres in size. The proposed sign is 13.25 feet by 6.75 feet. The existing sign poles will be used. Two other signs, one for the “Central States Fairgrounds” and one for the sponsoring partner, will also be located on the existing sign poles. The sign’s sole purpose is to provide public information such as the time, date, and temperature as well as notices regarding events and happenings at the fairgrounds. There is a companion case to this request, a Major Amendment to a Conditional Use Permit to revise an existing LED sign (21UR010). On-premise signs, including electronic reader board signs, are a permitted use within the Flood Hazard District. However, on August 6, 2020 the Planning Commission approved a Conditional Use Permit (File #21UR006) to allow a 51 square foot LED reader board sign. A stipulation of approval requires that a Major Amendment to the Conditional Use Permit be submitted for review and approval if the sign is enlarged or relocated.

Funding Source & Fiscal Impact (if applicable):

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Origination Recommendation Action:
Origination Recommendation Notes:
Zoning Board of Adjustment Denied the Variance request to allow an 89.44 square foot LED sign in lieu of a maximum 60 square foot sign based on Criteria #1: 7/8/2021