ZBA hearings to consider bigger business signs

FLINT TWP. — Three businesses wanting larger signs than allowed by the township’s sign ordinance are scheduled for public hearings before the Zoning Board of Appeals at 5 p.m. on Aug. 6 . The board meets at the township hall on Dye Road.

Vehicle City Harley Davidson on Austins Parkway has spent the past year redeveloping a former car dealership lot fronting Miller Road. They are seeking a sign variance for the plot at 3142 Miller, which includes a test track and a soon-to-open retro style diner. The ZBA will consider a request for the construction of a sign up to 75 square feet in surface instead of the 50 square feet allowed by the sign ordinance, according to a published pubic hearing notice.

Also seeking to build a bigger sign are the new owners of the former Jim Waldron Used Car dealership, 4140 Miller Road. They are asking for a variance to construct a sign up to 126 square feet instead of the allowed 50.

Site plans to build a retail complex and Texas Roadhouse restaurant at that location have already been approved by the township Planning Commission, contingent on appropriate approvals of requested signage.

A third request for a sign variance is for the Linden Bristol Square Medical Office Complex, 5095-5131 Bristol Road. They are asking permission to construct a sign up to 75 square feet instead of the 48 square-feet allowed.

All interested parties in any of the sign requests are invited to attend the public hearing to make comment. Written comments can be mailed in advance to the attention of the Building Department at Charter Township of Flint, 1490 South Dye Road, Flint, Michigan 48532.

The township sign ordinance regulates signage in many ways including height, LED brightness and frequency of changes, setback, appearance and other requirements to conform to surrounding usage.

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