On Monday, February 27 Milford City Council held a public hearing to discuss the construction of two billboard signs proposed at Route 1 and CR 206 (Cedar Neck Road). Representatives from First State Signs, Incorporated, on behalf of Key Properties Group, and residents of the South East Region were present at the meeting that discussed the possibility of constructing the signs as early as March 2012.
The location of the two proposed signs is a triangular parcel of land located between three roadways in the South East Region of Milford. The property is surrounded by Route 1, Route 30 (Cedar Creek Road) and CR 206 (Cedar Neck Road) just north of the proposed overpass that will be located at the intersection of Route 30 and Route 1.
On Tuesday, February 17 the City of Milford Planning and Zoning Committee held a public meeting and made the decision to approve the property for conditional use for the purpose of two billboard signs. Commissioner George Pillia made a motion to approve the conditional use which was seconded by Commissioner Jamie Burke. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous with a repeated mention by each Commissioner that the construction of the billboard signs met the requirements set forth by the City of Milford Municipal Code.
Many residents of surrounding neighborhoods including Matlinds Estates and the Meadows at Shawnee were present at the public hearing on Monday night to speak out against the proposed signage. Many residents in this area expressed to Council that the visibility and the size of the structures would impede their quality of life and effect the value of their homes. The northern most sign on the property would have a total height of 28 feet as the southern most sign would have a total height of 48 feet.
“When it came to vote for the annexation of Matlinds Estates into the City of Milford we were told that there would be no billboards,” stated President of the Matlinds Estates Home Owners Association Frank Bason. “That is one of the reasons we voted for annexation.”
After hearing the proposal for the two signs by Key Properties Group representatives and the concerns of property owners in the area, Milford City Council made a unanimous decision to vote against the construction of the two billboard signs. Councilman Garret Grier made a motion, which was seconded by Councilman Owen Brooks, to deny the conditional use that would be necessary to build the billboards in the South East region.
“Allowing the conditional use for these billboards would cause an adverse effect on the surrounding neighborhoods,” commented Councilman Grier.
Although a victory for many of the residents surrounding the site where the billboards were proposed, many property owners would still like to see the removal of two signs that are in the immediate area. That decision will have to be brought before the City Council at a future date.