The Canal Winchester Planning and Zoning Commission decided last week to table a request from the DaNite Sign Co. to amend the Waterloo Crossing sign text.

The Canal Winchester Planning and Zoning Commission decided last week to table a request from the DaNite Sign Co. to amend the Waterloo Crossing sign text.

The code amendment, which was passed in 2000, rezoned Waterloo Crossing properties to general commercial. It also says that monument signs located on parcels abutting Gender Road will be installed at a 15-foot setback from Gender Road.

The applicant requested that monument signs on parcels abutting Gender Road, Winchester Boulevard and West Waterloo Street be installed at a 15-foot setback from the right of way, according to zoning officer Andrew Dutton.

At the Dec. 12 meeting, Dutton said the sign request would affect every property owner on the east side of Gender Road from Canal Street to O'Charley's.

Jim Visco, representing the Casto Co., Waterloo Crossing's developer, said he received a call from Firestone making the initial request.

Planning commission member Jeff Graber asked what would happen if the commission did not approve the request. Dutton said the requirements for the signage would remain as-is in the zoning code.

Commission member Jennifer Solomon said Firestone already has a rather large building with signs on the building and asked if the company really needed a monument sign. Buildings are set close to the street with parking behind so monument signs aren't needed, she said.

Graber said he liked the idea of having the signs 15 feet from Gender Road rather than fluctuating with the setback because this establishes a more uniform look.

"If we are going to have them, I would rather have them uniform," he said.

Knowlton said he would rather not have them at all. Graber said he would rather control the appearance of the signs and was also concerned about their size.

Village regulations say monument signs are permitted to be up to eight feet tall and can have a maximum of 50 square feet of copy area per face. The proposed text amendment would not change the maximum height or size requirements for the signs, Dutton said.

He told zoning commission members that monument signs are going to be allowed either way; the requested sign text amendment just alters the setback for the signs.

Commission member Mike Vasko asked why signs with 50 square feet of copy area are necessary on Winchester Boulevard and West Waterloo Street, although he acknowledged that signs on Gender Road may need to be a little larger.

"That is a wider road with faster traffic and a higher speed limit," he said. "There are a whole bunch of reasons why you would need a larger sign."

Vasko said sign size is a bigger issue for him than where the signs will be placed and he would like to consider appropriate sign size before voting on the amendment.

"I do recall a conversation a year ago. We were concerned people were getting a monument, poll and banner sign," he said. "It looks like Las Vegas with all the signage. You don't see the buildings any more, just a ton of signs. I don't want to compound that mistake and extend it to Waterloo and Winchester Boulevard."

Commission members voted unanimously to table the application so the regulations for sign size could be revised.