Thursday Zoning Commission Meeting is All About Electronic Signs

Do you have an opinion about the placement of electronic signs in residential neighborhoods? The city wants to hear from you.

Elmhurst Zoning and Planning Commission will hold a workshop to solicit public input on whether electronic message board signs should be allowed on institutional properties within residentially zoned districts.

The workshop will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at City Hall, 209 N. York St.

The issue most recently was brought to the attention of the city last spring, when Redeemer Lutheran Church requested a 7-by-3-foot electronic sign on its property at 345 S. Kenilworth Ave. The Zoning and Planning Commission unanimously approved the request in May, but after much controversy and a legal opinion, in August the city's Development, Planning and Zoning Committee decided to recommend denial of the request. The request must be voted on by the full City Council.


  • Committee Says Redeemer Lutheran's Request for Electronic Reader Board Sign Should be Rejected
  • Signs of Stress: Church Neighbors Say Electronic Sign Would Detract from Character of Neighborhood

The church is hoping for a compromise, the aldermen have said a review of the city's sign ordinance is in order. Some residents have said the city has not been consistent in applying the zoning code with regard to signs.

The meeting will be held in the council chambers at City Hall.

York Rules! February 18, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Sounds like someone relieved themselves in "Shareabit"'s Cheerios. There was no opposition to the Vis and IC signs. Still isn't. There are signs there. There was opposition to the Redeemer signs, still is, and there is no sign. Anybody else not see a problem here? Pure and simple politics by the CAVE mentality crowd. Which is part and parcel to why that is a dying crowd. They had their moment in the spotlight and all got voted out of office on the next cycle. People like Spaeth, Lomnicki, Moriarity, Thrall were all one and done. Pezza lost mayoral election and isn't running again because she knew better. Diane "RoboPoll" Gutkenkauf will finish a distant third in April. Heslop and Ernst got crushed in their attempts at office. All of the people in the above post have either won handily (Morley and Dicianni) or will win handily again this April. Then CAVERs like "Shareabit" will continue to have to eat very bad tasting Cheerios.
Carol Ruda February 18, 2013 at 09:25 PM
With regard to the Redeemer sign, many neighbors objected to the sign and attended meetings to voice their opinions. As part of that process, it came to light that the City Code did not permit signs of this type in residentially zoned areas. This was confirmed by the legal opinion of the City's attorney. The Zoning and Planning Commission and the Development, Planning and Zoning Committee that both approved the other institutions' permit applications for their signs are responsible for allowing signs that are not permitted by the Elmhurst Code. The question here is "Should electronic message boards be permitted in residential areas?" If you have opinion, please attend the meeting on Thursday. As for Alderman Levin, he responded to the concerns of his constituents. Please remember that when the entire City Council voted on the other signs, they did so based upon the recommendation of the Z&P Commission and the DPZ Committee. I suspect that the City Council members approved those other signs based on the wrongful assumption that the signs were allowed by the City Code subject to the permit process since both the Commission and Committee approved the permit applications. Once it became clear that the Code did not permit the type of sign Redeemer wanted to install, the DPZ Committee had no choice but to deny the permit application. I hope each of the mayoral candidates simply says "Yes" or "No" as to their positions on these types of signs in residential areas.
Jim Court February 19, 2013 at 03:53 AM
I am starting to find the whole political process to be truly disgusting and one big manipulative and dishonest game. Has the human condition degenerated so badly? A world of constant war and violence. Corrupt politicians, corrupt corporate leaders, corrupt police, dysfunction in the military. Broken budgets, money squandered, pensions not funded, the disappearance of the middle class. Gridlock and extreme partisanship, hate groups. A failed war on drugs, yet I detest the tremendous increase in all forms of addiction. Identity theft, viruses, fraud. Foreclosures, manufacturing being decimated, tax increases and every form of fines, fee's, tickets, red light cameras, break-in's, narcissism, sociopathic behaviors, liars , cheats , and thieves. Infidelity, gangs, shootings. Perhaps it is the rainy weather ( I don't really think so) that leads me to all these negative thoughts. I am generally a happy go lucky optimist but something is not right. Better lock the door, turn on the alarm, go to sleep trying to figure out what is going on in the world. Hope my bike doesn't get stolen, and worry about bad renters and police who spread negative rumors and slander others (not all, but more than a few). Condo Associations and bullies in general. A canoe, a nice body of water, a few mountains and tree's. Now that is appealing.
John February 21, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Wow I really do not get the personal venom here. So few comments on the issue so many personal attacks. No wonder people avoid politics like the plague. Some of you posters should be ashamed of yourselves. As for the issue. If you have a conflict, you recuse yourself....its not ducking the issue - its honest. To say York supports the signs but is recusing himself therefore he is bad is completely without logic ...would you rather he support them knowing he's on the Board of his church?? I know he supports them in general and has in the past. I don't like the signs (even the old ones that have been improperly approved) and I live in his ward. I still support him because I like many of his stances and I know in this day and age no one agrees on every issue all the time. C'mon people grow up. If you don't like the signs go to the friggn meeting. Stand up be counted! Stop the anonymous personal crap. This town is too small for that negativity.
Steve February 22, 2013 at 06:49 PM
"Conflict of Interest" should only be used when there is a financial impact not a perceived impact.


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