Columbus Council's to hold a public hearing Tuesday on a proposal to put the north end of Veterans Parkway into an “overlay district” regulating the appearance of developments along that corridor.
The overlay would run from the Williams and Moon Road intersection out to the Harris County line, extending 750 feet on either side of the parkway’s right of way. Single-family homes would be exempt from the regulations, as would existing developments, unless the latter are expanded by more than half or redeveloped completely.
Where any other public road intersects with Veterans would be a “focus area” extending 750 feet not only from the parkway but also the intersecting road, forming a square box of about 17 acres. Because signs would be restricted in the overlay corridor, focus areas would be where businesses could put sets of logo signs directing customers to their shops. Such combination signs would be limited to 64 square feet total and 8 feet in height.
Individual signs for single businesses would have to be in a monument style, made of brick, stone, stucco, wood or metal in keeping with the building’s facade. Each sign would be limited to 36 square feet total and 6 feet in height. Fences and walls would have to be made of iron, stone, masonry or concrete. The proposal also calls for buffers such as a 15-foot-wide landscaped strip along all road rights of way, a minimum 10-foot-strip between primary developments and adjacent parcels, and one large maturing tree for every 40 feet of frontage on the right-of-way.