Utica Nearing Completion of Sign Ordinance Review – Shaw Local


Utica is about to complete an overhaul of its much-dissected Signs Ordinance.

On Thursday, the Utica Planning Commission approved a set of recommendations for the village council to consider at its November meeting. These include:

  • Wall signs or murals are permitted on any side of a building that faces a public street or lane
  • Illuminated signs and digital signs require special use
  • Up to three single pole banners, not exceeding 12 feet in height, are permitted on private property in all commercial districts. (deviations can be searched)
  • Offsite signs, such as billboards, remain limited to unupgraded lots
  • Temporary signs (i.e. sandwich panels or A-frame signs) remain limited to one per business, but should not be taken down overnight if on private property

Separately, Fox Valley Off Road, which operates a dirt bike trail in rural Ottawa, is reportedly looking to purchase or acquire land in rural Utica.

The statement was made by rural Utica resident Phillip Gassman, who used Thursday’s public comment period to ask if village officials were aware of such expansion plans. Answer: No, but Fox Valley should ask the village for a special use before establishing such operations.

Finally, the Planning Commission observed a minute of silence in honor of Roger Chamlin, a longtime village engineer, who passed away last week.

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