City Council Meeting
City of DeBary
Subject: 2014 Sign Beautification Grant
Cycle- Review of Applications for Funding
From: Rebecca Hammock, Planning Administrator
Meeting/Hearing Date: December 3, 2014
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Applications were accepted at City Hall from October 1, 2014 through to November 3, 2014 for the 2014 grant cycle. Five (5) applications from DeBary businesses were submitted requesting grant assistance to bring their signs into compliance with city code. Staff is now bringing the five (5) applications forward to City Council for review and funding. Per the grant procedures and guidelines funding is to be awarded on a first come, first qualified, first serve basis until funds for the fiscal year are depleted.
The City’s Land Development Code was amended in 2012 to require all non-conforming signs be brought into compliance by 2017. On March 6, 2013 City Council adopted Ordinance No. 01-13 amending the Beautification Matching Grant Program by creating a supplemental sign grant program to incentivize business owners to replace non-conforming signs. City Council implemented the matching grant program to encourage the replacement of non-conforming signs with a sliding scale of assistance. The match assistance provided by the City for the 2014 grant cycle is 85% of the project cost up to a maximum of $4,000.
In 2010, the City implemented its Business Tax Receipt Program; 80% of the revenues collected from Business Tax Receipts are being deposited into the Business Opportunity Fund. The sign grant program is being funded by the Business Tax Receipt funds. Currently, $20,000 is budgeted from the Business Opportunity Fund for the sign grant program for the 2014 grant cycle. There is available funding in the budget to fund all five applications if the City Council desires to do so.
Sign Grant Applicants:
Thomas M. Henry- Multi-tenant sign for 87 & 89 S. Us Hwy 17-92. The applicant is requesting grant funding for a new 10 ft. tall illuminated sign for four (4) tenants. The applicant understands that if the grant is approved for the new sign, all existing non-conforming signs will be required to be removed including the side wall and roof signs. The applicant is requesting the maximum grant amount of $4,000.
Thomas M. Henry- Multi-tenant sign for 5,9,11 & 15 US Hwy 17-92. Two non-conforming signs exist on the subject property. The applicant is requesting a grant to erect one conforming sign for our all tenants. The two pole signs will be removed and one 10 ft. tall illuminated monument sign would be placed on the property. The applicant is requesting the maximum grant amount of $4,000.
Affordable Autos- The applicant is requesting a single tenant 7 ft. tall illuminated monument sign to replace their existing non-conforming sign at 85 S. US Hwy 17-92. The applicant is requesting the maximum grant amount of $4,000.
APT- Single Tenant Sign for 65 S. Charles R Beall Blvd. The applicant is requesting grant funding for or a 6 ft. tall illuminated monument sign to replace their existing non-conforming sign. The applicant is requesting the maximum grant amount of $4,000.
Riverside Associates, LLC- Multi-Tenant Sign for 901 S. Us Hwy 17-92. The applicant is requesting a grant for a 10 ft. non-illuminated multi-tenant sign. There is an existing illegal non-conforming sign on the subject property that was erected by one of the tenants of the applicant.
Please see applications attached.
Code Compliance & Permitting
All proposed signs if approved for funding will be required to submit for building permits and demonstrate compliance with the City's Land Development Code requirements. All monument signs will be required to provide landscaping around the base of the signs.
Approve the five applications for funding subject to building permitting and compliance with City codes.
City Council Action:
( ) Approved As Recommended
( ) Approved With Modification
( ) Disapproved
( ) Continued Date:
( ) Other