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Board of Adjustment - August 27, 2019 Minutes

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Adjustment of the City of Fargo, North Dakota, was held in the Commission Chambers at City Hall at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 27, 2019.

The Members present or absent were as follows:

Present: Deb Wendel-Daub, Matthew Boreen, Russell Ford-Dunker, Michael Love, Mike Mitchell

Absent: None

Chair Love called the meeting to order.

Item 1: Approval of Minutes: Regular Meeting of July 23, 2019
Member Boreen moved the minutes of the July 23, 2019 Board of Adjustment meeting be approved. Second by Member Wendel-Daub. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 2: New Business
a) Appeal of an Administrative Decision: APPROVED
Appellant claims that staff erred in denying a sign permit application.
Planning Coordinator Aaron Nelson presented the staff report, a background of the project, and reviewed the process for appeals of administrative decisions. Mr. Nelson stated the question before the Board is, did staff err in the denial of the appellant’s sign permit application.

Appellant Arch Simonson spoke on behalf of the application.

Discussion was held on the history of the signs on the property, non-conforming signs according to the current sign code, and code interpretation of re-imaging vs. replacing signs.

Plan Reviewer Melissa Gaulrapp spoke on behalf of the Inspections Department.

Member Boreen moved the findings of staff be accepted and to affirm staff’s decision to deny the appellant’s sign permit application, on the basis that the proposed sign replacement would violate the requirements of the Fargo Sign Code. Second by Member Ford-Dunker. Upon call of the roll Members Wendel-Daub, Boreen, Ford-Dunker, Mitchell, and Love voted aye. The motion was declared carried.

Item 3: Other Business
No other business items were presented.

Item 4: Adjournment
Member Mitchell moved to adjourn the meeting at 9:32 a.m. Second by Member Wendel-Daub. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.