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2/20/2014 2:55:00 PM
Cornville controversial LED sign approved

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

CORNVILLE -- The Yavapai County Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a use permit for a monument sign for Windmill Gardens in Cornville.

The sign would include an LED reader sign as well as fixed signs for the center's businesses. The programmable sign would be used for community notices as well as for specials according to Greg Collins at the Center.

The approval could have come during the Planning Commission review, but the Cornville Community Association Planning and Zoning Committee had disapproved the LED sign, worried that its scrolling would be a distraction to motorists. They would have approved the sign had it been stationary and not scrolling, said Vice Chairman Steve Cassagio.

Tammy DeWitt, senior planner for the count, said 64 people had signed a letter in support of the LED sign.

The commission had recommended that the sign messages not change faster than once every 30 seconds and be turned off by 10 p.m.

Supervisor Chip Davis, who asked that the item be taken off the agenda for routine items in order to be discussed, took the lead in the supervisors' comments. He asked that the stipulations include only daytime use, only from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m., that the approval not be "permanent," so that it could be amended if necessary. Staff suggested the approval be for a five-year period with an administrative renewal if there was no objection. But the supervisor was concerned about the review by the Cornville Association.

Davis told Cassagio that his observations of the committee's work were intended to be constructive. He said that "it is not a fair process to dismiss the audience and the applicant during the committee's discussion and deliberation," and noted that many of the 64 signatures included past association board members or committee members. He said the business is very "community minded" and spoke of their willingness to allow the former post office building to be relocated on their property where it could be restored.

The Planning Commission was told that they were not allowed to hear the Cornville P&Z committee's discussions.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, February 24, 2014
Article comment by: J.P. Lunazul

As a commuter who uses Cornville Road to get to work, I think that the slower speed limits
through town should negate the risk of distraction by the rolling text of the sign. Besides, That area is so dark at night that the sign will provide some badly need light at night.

Posted: Monday, February 24, 2014
Article comment by: GAIL GANONG

We won't allow a decent grocery store in Cornville but neon signs by the main road are OK???? It would be nice to not have to drive to Cottonwood to buy a lemon!! It looks like we will have neon and wine so what happened to the dark sky thing?? I know, we will be the Wine Row and can change the name from Cornville to Whineville!!

Posted: Monday, February 24, 2014
Article comment by: Bring on the change :)

Cornville has slowly been changing and growing for years! i have been in cornville 24 years! i think change is wonderful. The community needs something like this. i never know whats going on in this town and the sign would be very useful! Heck lets throw some stoplights up while were at it and boost up some of those speed limits! :) This isnt little ole cornville no more and people need to realize that, and that with time we are a growing town!!

Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2014
Article comment by: Jack Whiteside

It's called gradualism. What now is to prevent the next bigger sign and the bigger sign? These knuckle heads will be gone but guess what, the next group have precedence. This is very unfortunate and very disappointing that this is their idea of being creative. Sad

Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2014
Article comment by: Business Prospects

Cornville switchbacks are extremely unsafe. I would very much like to see two unposted speedtraps on the switchbacks. The income (a LOT) would fund many safety improvements for residents

Posted: Sunday, February 23, 2014
Article comment by: EXPECT MORE OF THE SAME

The other side of the mountain has the majority vote and they will take pride in turning the Verde Valley in to the same ----hole they live in. Sprawl, neon,no water......just wait.

They stole Cornville in the redistrict(and all that water). Now they will steal the beauty. They vote against issues they know are important to the people that respect environment.

Bulding permits, buddies, all about the money.

We should become our own county before it is all gone.

Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Cornville needs billboards,neon lights,more
bars,drag strip,horse racing and a casino, and
a skyscraper.It's time to grow up.

Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Article comment by: In all fairness

the public is able to weigh in on such decisions if they paid enough attention to what was going on in their community. Come to the meetings, read the web page, read the newspaper. Also, the association can only take care of issues that are brought to them by the County. Again, if you want something taken care of, get involved in the meetings, not just a note in the paper. CCA member

Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Article comment by: Where was Tom?

Isn't this Tom Thurman's county district? Chip Davis' position was predictable, but What Would Tom Do (WWTD)?

Posted: Saturday, February 22, 2014
Article comment by: Trina Stephenson

This is a terrible trend for our historic area of town. My vote is to boycott a business who would install such a sign. Too bad the residents through a town wide vote did not get a chance to weigh in on such an issue.

Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014
Article comment by: jimi changa

The association should be more concerned about the danger to pedestrians on Cornville rd (speeding motorists and lack of safe walkways and crosswalks) rather than a little led sign.

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