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AI- 7946   9. 6.    
Regular City Council Meeting
Meeting Date: 02/12/2019  

Agenda Item
Resolution - Planning: Consider a resolution approving and granting a variance from the applicable 180-day moratorium provisions of City of Lubbock Ordinance 2018-O0115, for a billboard permit application for Lamar Advertising for the construction of a new billboard at 6702 19th Street.
Item Summary
Effective April 16, 2018, Ordinance 2018-O0048, adopted a 180-day moratorium and prohibition on accepting, processing, or acting upon certain applications for any permits for the construction or modification of any "Billboard" as defined by Section 40.01.003(23) of the City of Lubbock Code of Ordinances. As part of the ordinance, appeals for relief from a hardship caused by the moratorium may be considered by the City Council and a variance to the provisions of the moratorium may be granted. Effective September 27, 2018, Ordinance 2018-O0115 extended the moratorium by an additional 180 days.

This request for a variance is from Lamar Advertising for the property located at 6702 19th Street. Lamar Advertising is requesting to construct a new billboard at this location. An application for a billboard permit was submitted for review and approved as meeting the Zoning Ordinance on November 8, 2016. However, Lamar Advertising did not submit construction plans for review or obtain a permit within 180 days, so the application subsequently expired. Lamar Advertising then sought to obtain a permit on April 30, 2018, which could not be issued as the moratorium had gone into effect.  

The City Council has wide discretion in considering whether to grant a variance. A variance may be granted provided the request is in accordance with the following criteria:
1) The granting of the variance will not be detrimental to the public safety, health, or welfare, be injurious to surrounding property, or violate the intent and purpose of the regulation;
2) The granting of the variance is not based on a hardship which is self-imposed;
3) The hardship is not based solely on the cost of complying with the regulation; and
4) The hardship is based on circumstances which are unique to the property for which the variance is sought, and not on circumstances common to other properties.
Fiscal Impact
Staff/Board Recommending
Jesica McEachern, Assistant City Manager

Resolution- 6702 19th Street
Applicant Letter
6702 19th Street- Aerial
6702 19th Street- Sign Permit

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