BAXTER -- Changes could be coming to Baxter's sign ordinance, and Baxter city officials are looking for comment from residents and businesses.
Anyone concerned about proposed changes in the sign ordinance will get a chance to speak up at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Baxter City Hall, where the issue is on the Baxter Planning and Zoning Commission's agenda.
The proposed amendments to the Baxter sign ordinance can be found on the city's Web site at www.ci.baxter.mn.us. A copy may also be picked up at city hall.
If adopted by the city council, the ordinance would affect where Realtor, election, garage sale and other signs could be located, as well as set guidelines for on-site business and multi-business pylon signs.
Baxter's current sign ordinance doesn't set limits on the size of a sign a business can have on site. Under the proposed ordinance, signs can't be larger than 200 square feet and couldn't be higher than six feet above the highest outside wall. Also, up to 10 percent of the front of a business could be used as a sign. All current business signs would be grandfathered into the new ordinance.
Multi-business sign provisions make up the largest of the proposed changes to the sign ordinance. The pylons, featuring signs from many different businesses, would be allowed to be located only at certain intersections -- where Highway 371 intersects with these roads: County Road 49/77, Woida Road, Clearwater Road, Design Drive, Excelsior Road, College/Glory Drive and Highway 210. The pylons would also be allowed where Highway 210 intersects with Golf Course Drive, Baxter Drive and Elder Drive.
The purpose of the multi-business pylons was to promote depth rather than first-tier strip development along the Highway 371/210 corridor, said Baxter City Planner Todd Holman. The signs would be required to meet city code, which includes an "up north" look and landscaping at the base.
The multi-business pylons couldn't be bigger than 700 square feet in size, similar to the current Home Depot sign.
Private signs, such as election and real estate agents' signs, would not be allowed on the city road's right-of-way.
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