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Local church gets approval for electronic message board
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The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board unanimously approved a request of a local church to place an electronic sign on display.

LifePoint Church, at 1537 Pine Valley Road, had made the request for a 12-foot-tall freestanding sign with an electronic message board. Currently, there are two smaller freestanding signs with no lighting on the property. The church plans to remove those signs.

Community Development Director Rusty Ligon recommended the board approve the request, with the conditions of the property being limited to one electronic message board sign, and that the sign not exceed 10 feet in height.

“The applicant believes the proposed sign will enhance the entrance to the property, and will help the church better communicate with the community and church members,” Ligon said.

He said that the particular zoning district calls for signs no higher than 8 feet in height. Ligon explained that the 10-foot proposed height was a compromise between the two, with 10 feet being the typical height of signs in other zoning districts.

Mickey Lord, a church member, spoke in favor of the sign. No one spoke in opposition.

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