The Woodstock City Council recently took action to approve a sign waiver for a senior living community and the modification of a set of conditions on the buffer between two residential communities.

The first of the two items approved involved a request from the Holbrook active adult community at 13682 Georgia Highway 92 with three parts to the overall application. According to City Process Planner Dakota Carruthers, the requests being made included allowing one of the monument signs on the property to measure 13 and a half feet in height, one and a half feet taller than city code, letting one of the monument signs have a base made of acrylic instead of stone and the other signs have a base of 12 inches instead of 18 and allowing all four signs to not be required to be placed using the limit of one sign per parcel per street frontage. When weighing the request based on the criteria the city has for such waivers, there was not a serious issue with the size and scale of the signs, nor was there with the scale of them in terms of size of the development. But there was concern about the signs only having a partial stone base, unlike other similar signs nearby that are almost entirely made of stone, while Carruthers also said the city had worked with the developers to make the signs more consistent with the city’s standards.

“Staff did vote to recommend approval of all of these three waiver requests, and then we took this recommendation to planning commission at the beginning of the month,” Carruthers said. “They recommended approval of the first request, which is the placement of the signage, and then denial of the two other requests. I believe they felt that Holbrook was so close to compliance that they felt that they could meet that and not necessarily need a waiver.”

None of the council members had any questions for Carruthers, and although Holbrook’s representative was not at the meeting, the council was ready to move forward on the matter.

“I agree with the planning commission. I don’t think it would be too much to ask to bring the height down to meet the code requirements,” Councilman Warren Johnson said, before making a motion to approve the location portion of the waiver and deny the other two parts. Johnson’s motion was seconded by Councilman Rob Usher and passed in a 6-0 vote.

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