The Village of Warwick Planning Board passed a resolution on Thurs., Jul. 19, during its regular board meeting, approving a solar project for Warwick Valley BBA, located at 28 Church St.
The approved system will be roof-mounted on the Church St. facility (old Georgia-Pacific building). The building is located in the Light Industrial Zone and it was determined through the application process that there will not be any negative environmental impacts.
Fizzy Lifting Seeking Sign Approval
Local business owner Adam Powers appeared before the Planning Board seeking approval for signage for his business on the corner of Main and West Streets.
The corner store, Fizzy Lifting Soda Pop Candy Shop, has just expanded into the space left vacant by the Kiddie Korner children’s clothing shop. There is currently a sign identifying the business on Main St.
Unique Corner Location
Powers would place two signs on West St., one over the new, second entrance to the candy shop and another located on the side of the building, replacing the Kiddie Korner sign. Powers pointed out that businesses in the Village each have a flat sign as well as one that projects over the sidewalk.
According to Powers, he has already spoken to the Architecture Review Board, who have approved the sign design as one that will fit in with the aesthetics of the Historic District.
The Planning Board acknowledged that Fizzy Lifting’s location is unique given its corner location with entrances and frontage on two streets.
Third Sign Violates Signage Ordinance
The Planning Board informed Powers that, despite his corner location, under the Village sign ordinance his business is allowed only two signs, one on each street, and he is seeking a third which is not permitted.
Powers was visibly frustrated and upset during the Planning Board discussion. He cited examples of other businesses that appear to have more signs than permitted.
“I’m not asking for anything more or anything less than anybody else, I’m just trying to keep a store open,” Powers stated. “I’m taking another 1000 square feet, employing more people on Main St., I don’t understand how that hurts anybody.”
Powers also pointed out that he would be putting a sign where there is already a bracket and that he is simply seeking to “put up a sign where there was a sign.”
Planning Board Chairman George Aulen commented that his Board cannot change Village ordinances.
“The only people who can change the ordinance is the Village Board of Trustees, the legislative body,” stated Aulen. “The ZBA (Zoning Board of Appeals) can make an interpretation.”
In the end, the Planning Board denied Powers’ request for the third sign and referred him to the ZBA for an interpretation and possible variance.
Next Planning Board Meeting
The next scheduled meeting of the Village of Warwick Planning Board will take place on Thurs., Aug. 23, 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall, located at 77 Main St. in Warwick NY.