Champlin’s amended electronic sign ordinance put to use

Council approves 2 conditional use permits for electronic signs

With a recently amended sign ordinance in place, the Champlin City Council approved two conditional use permits for new electronic signs within the city at their Oct. 22 council meeting.

Excel Pawn and Jewelry originally submitted their request for a sign in July. The city put a temporary moratorium on new signs while they reviewed and revised their sign ordinance.

Excel Pawn revised their application to bring it into compliance with the city’s amended ordinance. Their sign will be erected at 12150 Champlin Drive under the Champlin Auto Care and Precision Tune Auto Care signs, which are both static signs.

Jackson Middle School also applied to install an electronic message center to replace their current manually changeable sign. The electronic sign would be 16.5 feet and have to comply with the city’s ordinance. City Planner said the sign at Jackson Middle School would have further stipulations on its hours of operation. It would only be allowed to operate from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Schulte said the school was amenable to those conditions, which are implemented on institutions such as schools and churches in residential areas.

Council member Greg Payer asked about the limitations on the Champlin Park High School sign across the street in Brooklyn Park. Schulte indicated that he didn’t believe there were any hours of operation limits on it as Brooklyn Park’s sign ordinance varies from Champlin’s. Payer suggested that if Jackson Middle School wanted longer hours of operation he would be open to supporting that.

The planning commission unanimously supported both conditional use permits at their Oct. 15 meeting as did the city council at their Oct. 22 meeting.