I was away from my desk all day, but I’m the first to report this: The Grass Valley Development Review Committee rejected plans for an 11-foot lumberjack statue outside of the Lumberjack Restaurant in Brunswick Basin.
The figure is a sign by definition of the city statute, Steve Enos, speaking on behalf of Grass Valley neighbors, argued. The restaurant already had exceeded its square footage signage, Enos added.
“Staff believes the statue is compatible with the recent building façade and sign changes that took place to reflect a more rustic, logging theme,” according to a staff report. City planning director Tom Last supported this position.
In the end, Patti Ingram, the planning commission’s representative to the Development Review Committee and Tony Rosa, the city’s architectural consultant, spoke up for the rules — and Enos’ position.
Ingram also asked Lumberjacks to remove their banner sign advertising discount breakfast items, arguing it was out of compliance.
The decision can be appealed to the planning commission.
As with any issue there are winners and losers. The winners would appear to be Paulette’s Kitchen and Penny’s Diner, who compete with Lumberjacks in the “big boy” market.
Lumberjack is expected to review its options. It expressed surprise because the statue is at its other restaurants.
The sign ordinance reads: “A structure, device, figure, display, message placard, or other contrivance, or any part thereof, situated outdoors or indoors, which is designed, constructed, intended, or used to advertise, or to provide
information in the nature of advertising, to direct or attract attention to an object, person, institution, business, product, service, event, or location by any means, including words, letters, figures, designs, symbols, fixtures, colors, illumination, or projected images.
“Does not include murals, paintings and other works of art that are not intended to advertise or identify any business or product. Types of signs include the following, which are defined for the purposes of Chapter 17.38 (Signs).”
Footnote: The Union’s Trina Kleist plans to write about the city of Grass Valley, a beat she has been assigned to in the past. Trina brings some experience and expertise to the beat.
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