My boss and I are having a philosophical disagreement over sign appeals. In the past, we have allowed businesses to request a variance to allow them to have more than one sign on their property.
Our code allows each business to have 1 monument sign or one wall sign. Corner properties are allowed two wall signs or a monument and a wall sign. We have had situations where the Plan Commission has granted variances allowing non-corner properties to have a monument sign and a wall sign.
Our disagreement is over whether they should be allowed to even ask for a variance to allow two signs. I say that applicants should have the right to apply for a variance, even if there is no hardship and no chance of it being approved. Then it is the Plan Commission’s responsibility to deny the variance. I guess I feel that any applicant, no matter the situation, has the right to appeal my decision to deny their request for an additional sign. My boss says that they shouldn’t even be allowed to apply, because appeals should be for size and location, not the number of signs.