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File #: 22-806    Name:
Type: Report Status: Failed
File created: 6/30/2022 In control: City Council
On agenda: 7/11/2022 Final action:
Title: Discuss and consider a request for a conditional sign permit to allow a proposed multi-tenant sign to exceed the maximum allowed height and sign face area standards and two proposed low profile monument signs to exceed the maximum allowed sign face area in the 'M-1' Light Industrial District for a multi-lot property located behind the QuikTrip northwest of the intersection of FM 306 and FM 1102.
Attachments: 1. Aerial Map, 2. Zoning Map, 3. Elevations, 4. Site Plan, 5. Applicant Letter, 6. Comparison Chart, 7. Plats

PRESENTER: Presenter

Jean Drew, AICP, CNU-A, Planning and Development Services Assistant Director

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SUBJECT: Title

Discuss and consider a request for a conditional sign permit to allow a proposed multi-tenant sign to exceed the maximum allowed height and sign face area standards and two proposed low profile monument signs to exceed the maximum allowed sign face area in the ‘M-1’ Light Industrial District for a multi-lot property located behind the QuikTrip northwest of the intersection of FM 306 and FM 1102.

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DEPARTMENT: Planning and Development Services

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COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: 4

 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Case #:                                          CS22-0148

 

Applicant:                                          Greg Burkett

                                                               7208 SWW White Rd

                                                               San Antonio, TX 78222

                                                               (210) 757-9014

Greg.burkett@apexsigngroup.com

 

Property Owner:                     HW Gruene Heights LLC

                                                               8522 Broadway, Suite 109

                                                               San Antonio, TX 78217

 

Staff Contact:                                          Kaitlyn Buck

                                                               (830) 221-4087

                                                               kbuck@nbtexas.org

 

This item was scheduled to be heard at the City Council meeting on June 27th, 2022 and was postponed until the City Council meeting on July 11th, 2022.

 

The subject property is approximately 6.9 acres currently being replatted from 2 commercial lots and 1 drainage lot into 3 commercial lots and 1 drainage lot. The future 4-lot development was originally Lot 2 in the QT 4040 plat where Lot 1 is currently improved with a QuickTrip store with gasoline sales. The subject property has approximately 540 feet of frontage along FM 306, 54 feet along FM 1102, is zoned ‘M-1’ Light Industrial District and is proposed for commercial retail space.

 

New Braunfels’ Sign Ordinance, adopted in 2006, allows sign types and sizes based upon the zoning district as well as the specific street frontage. Due to the property’s existing zoning and frontage on FM 306, the subject property is allowed the following signage:

 

Lot 3

                     None - Drainage lot, no business

 

Lot 2A

                     1 - 48 square feet, 10ft tall monument sign OR

                     1 - 20 square feet, 10ft tall pole sign

 

Lot 2B (1 sign per street frontage)

                     1 - 48 square feet, 10ft tall monument sign OR

                     1 - 20 square feet, 10ft tall pole sign

 

Lot 2C (After the plat is recorded)

                     1 - 48 square feet, 10ft tall monument sign OR

                     1 - 20 square feet, 10ft tall pole sign

 

Frontage along FM 306 (for the entire frontage)

                     1 multitenant sign, 225 square feet, 28ft tall high profile monument sign

                     The businesses on the multitenant sign are not allowed to be on any other freestanding signage

 

4 Driveways

                     1 - 32 square feet, 5 ft. tall monument sign - directional

 

The adjacent QuickTrip store is on Lot 1 of the original QT 4040 subdivision. City Council approved a conditional sign permit on September 9, 2019, to allow a 134 square foot, 25-foot-tall pole sign (15 feet taller and 114 square feet larger in area) in lieu of any other free-standing signs on the lot.

 

Surrounding Zoning and Land Use:

North -                      M-1A (Retail - landscape supply store)

South -                      Across FM 306, C-1 (office)

East -                      M-1 (Warehouse/Office Building)

West -                      M-1 (Mini-Storage)

 

PROPOSAL:

There are currently no signs on the subject property. The applicant is requesting a conditional sign permit to allow the construction of one multitenant sign and two monument signs.

 

The proposed multitenant high profile monument sign: 

                     Overall sign face of approximately 445 square feet in area, exceeding the maximum sign area of 225 square feet per sign face for a multitenant high profile monument sign by 220 square feet (197.77%); and

                     Overall sign height that measures 35 feet, exceeding the maximum height of 28 feet for a multitenant high profile monument sign by 7 feet 0 inches (125%).

                     The proposed sign would be set back approximately 8 feet where 10 feet is the minimum and is proposed to be located within the 23-foot utility easement.

                     Internally illuminated white background sign face which produces significant glare, not prohibited in current code.

 

The two proposed monument signs:

                     Overall sign face of approximately 120 square feet in area for each sign, exceeding the maximum sign area of 48 square feet per sign face for a monument sign by 72 square feet (250%); and

                     An overall sign height that measures 10 feet in height, maintaining the maximum height of 10 feet for a monument sign.

                     The proposed signs would be set back approximately 8 feet where 10 feet is the minimum and are located within the 23-foot utility easement.

                     Internally illuminated white background sign face which produces significant glare, not prohibited in current code.

 

The Conditional Sign Permit process is intended to:

1.                     allow an applicant flexibility in creating alternative signage designs to complement a development’s unique characteristics.

2.                     increase sign area and/or height in lieu of multiple signs they would otherwise be allowed; and/or

3.                     allow additional signage due to unusual constraints associated with the property.

Through this process, City Council can consider such requests within the context of a specific location.

 

If the request is approved, the applicant has agreed no other free-standing signs will be placed on the property, which includes the 32 square foot directional signage otherwise authorized at each driveway entrance.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:

N/A

 

ANALYSIS:

Below is a table of nearby signs and their respective approximate heights. Most of these signs were erected before New Braunfels had rules or permitting requirements for signs. Therefore, the sign face area is not known, but staff conducted field measurements to obtain the approximate heights with the 2019 QuickTrip conditional sign permit request.

 

Sign Location

Sign Type

Approx. Height

QuikTrip (adjacent to the subject property)

Pole

25 feet

Valero (across the street)

Pole

24 feet

Mahindra (reface of former gas/ convenience store)

Pole

25 feet

Shell

Monument

6 feet

Shell

Pole

11 feet

El Nopalito

Pole

30 feet

Gruene Self Storage

Pole

20 feet

Brooks Stone Ranch (FM 1102)

Pole

27 feet

The subject property is allowed by code to have 497 total square feet in sign area within 4 monument signs and 4 directional signs compared to the proposed sign area of 685 square feet within 3 monument signs. In addition to exceeding the maximum sign height allowed by code by 7 feet, the proposed high profile multitenant monument sign is proposed to exceed the average height of the free-standing signs in the near vicinity (less than 18 feet) by 17 feet.

 

Sign visibility is not an issue at this location due to the overpasses and location at a signalized intersection where traffic naturally slows. However, as noted above if approved, the applicant is proposing to not erect any additional signs on the property; even with greater sign area than normally allowed, fewer sign structures overall would limit sign/visual clutter.

 

RESOURCE LINKS:

                     Chapter 106 Sign Ordinance, Sec 106-8(d) Conditional Sign Permit:

<https://library.municode.com/tx/new_braunfels/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH106SI_S106-8VAAP>

                     Chapter 106 Sign Ordinance, Sec 106-14(a) Sign Dimensional Standards:

<https://library.municode.com/tx/new_braunfels/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH106SI_S106-14PEEMSIRE>