Ordinance change would alter Greencastle's sign rules

April 04, 2006|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Greencastle Borough Council looked at an ordinance Monday evening that would limit the size of outdoor advertising signs and dictate where such signs may be placed.

No members of the public commented during the special public hearing regarding the proposed amendment to the zoning ordinance.

On Wednesday at 7 p.m., the zoning hearing board will review a specific request from Kegerreis Outdoor Advertising LLC regarding the four signs it wants to place in the borough.

The council took no action on the ordinance.

Council President Charles Eckstine said the proposed amendment to the signage ordinance would bring it into compliance with state regulations and allow the council to regulate off-site outdoor advertising.

The new section, as written, includes:

  • All lots upon which outdoor advertising signs are to be located must conform to the area requirements of the highway commercial zoning district.

  • The leased portion of any lot upon which the outdoor advertising is to be located shall contain a minimum of 5,000 square feet in area.

  • The total area of an outdoor advertising sign face shall be a maximum of 300 square feet and all portions of any display shall fit within such area.

  • All utility lines serving the outdoor advertising sign ... must be installed completely underground.

  • All outdoor advertising signs shall be set back 500 feet from a roadway intersection, 1,000 feet from any other sign on the same side of the roadway, 600 feet from any other sign on the opposite side of the roadway and 50 feet from the street right of way.

  • The maximum height of outdoor advertising signs shall not exceed 25 feet.

  • All displays on the face of outdoor advertising signs shall be stationary. Animated, sequential, flashing, moving, rotating, revolving or oscillating signs or displays shall be prohibited.

  • Outdoor advertising signs shall be maintained by their owner in a state of repair so that they are as safe and as functional as when originally installed.

In regular business, the council discussed the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's plans to resurface the entire length of Pa. 16 (Baltimore Street) in the borough in 2008.


When PennDOT resurfaced Pa. 16 east from the square to the borough line in 1989, property owners were required to install curbs and sidewalks, according to Borough Manager Ken Myers.

Council member Harold Duffey noted that in the 1989 overlay, only the travel portion of the road was resurfaced, not the parking areas. "We need to ask what they are going to redo. Will it be curb to curb?"

Duffey said he is also concerned about the town's square. "Are they just going to go around the center section, or do the whole square? We need committee meetings immediately; we need to get very proactive about this," he said.

Council members also discussed asking PennDOT to change the U.S. 11 and Pa. 16 intersection, perhaps adding turning lanes.

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