Date:      April 12, 2006

To:          Town Planning Commisison Members

From:     Department of Community Development Staff

RE:          Agenda Item 2 – Sign – Cottagewood Commons


The applicant is proposing entrance signage to the development called Cottagewood Commons.  The proposal is for two monument signs marking the entrance to the development off of West American Drive.  Each sign has an overall height of 11-feet and overall width of 34-feet.  The front of the signs will be brick and stone with raised metal lettering, with the back being block.  The signs will be illuminated by inground lighting and the mound will be landscaped.


The area of the face of each sign is 4’6” x 22’4” (100-square feet). 


These entrance signs, if approved as proposed will be the largest signs of this type in the Town.  Staff feels that these signs are well designed by has concern about their size and location.  Both signs will be only 13 feet from the right of way of West American Drive. 

Findings of Fact

·         Since the signs are located in public right-of-way, the signs do not need to comply with the Winnebago County Town/County Zoning Ordinance Section 17.28. 

Staff Recommendation

Staff recommends approval of these signs with the condition that they are moved further back from the right-of-way of West American Drive.  There is enough room on the site to move them back another 5 feet. The Commission may want to consider a design requirement for this type of sign in the future.