Business Held Accountable For Violating Sign Ordinance

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Blairsville, Ga – City Council uploads sign ordinance for the city of Blairsville by denying a permit variance.

Timberlake Custom Homes, located on the four-lane between Ingles and The Home Depot, remodeled the State Farm building and the accompanying sign. The business requested a permit variance due to the remodeled sign no longer accommodating the city’s sign ordinance.

“Their sign is 23 foot tall and 80 square foot free standing. It’s 20 square foot too much, as far as the ordinance and three foot too high,” Mayor Jim Conley told the room.

The current ordinance states that signs can only be up 60 square foot in size.

The extra three feet in height comes from the arch added to the top of the sign. The top could be removed, and the sign would meet the height requirement, but still be 20 square foot over as a free standing sign.

City Council denied a permit variance for the new Timberlake Custom Homes business along the four-lane.

Due to the location of the sign, Councilman Buddy Moore remarked that “It’s a bad place to start getting bigger and bigger.”

Timberlake didn’t provide the sign’s height for two months after being asked to provide information to the city government. Also, the business didn’t ask about the freestanding sign ordinance before building it.

“All of our freestanding signs are within the ordinance,” said Mayor Conley.

The council will review the occupational tax certificate and sign permit for Timberlake Custom Homes once the sign meets the ordinance requirements.

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