Posted on: November 16, 2017

Council Amends Sign Ordinance

Commercial Sign Code

Creve Coeur City Council approved amendments to the city’s commercial sign ordinance at their meeting on Monday, November 13. A consortium of four commercial property owners and real estate businesses proposed the amendments affecting the sign regulations for non-residential districts.

The updated sign ordinance now allows an additional wall sign of up to 50 square feet for certain buildings such as buildings on corner lots or outlot buildings within a shopping center. With this revision, a retail building could have a sign at the entrance and a second sign on another elevation that faces the street.

The amendments also affect regulations regarding monument signs. Under the new revisions, size restrictions on monument signs is based on the number of tenants in the building and the size of the lot. This change allows multi-tenant properties to qualify for larger signs. The maximum height for signs is now eight feet except for properties that are over five acres where 12 feet in height are allowed.

The revisions also allow multi-tenant properties larger than five acres to have a second, smaller monument sign when the property has two separate entrances from different streets with frontages on Olive Boulevard, North New Ballas Road, Craig Road and Lindbergh Boulevard.

“We believe these amendments will help address many of the concerns expressed by the applicants while balancing the aesthetic goals of the city’s planning objectives as articulated in the Creve Coeur 2030 Comprehensive Plan and the Design Guidelines,” said Jason Jaggi, Director of Community Development. “While the result will allow property owners to have larger signs, the increases are fairly modest and additional design standards have been incorporated to ensure attractive signs are installed.”

These design standards include a required landscaped area located around the base of the sign equal to two and one-half square feet for each square foot of sign area and a solid base of at least one foot in height with brick, stone or other material to match the related buildings. The signs will also need to be constructed with similar architectural elements and in similar materials and colors as the related buildings.

For more information, contact Jason Jaggi, Director of Community Development, at jjaggi@crevecorumo.gov or (314) 872-2504.

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