As mentioned at last evenings BoS meeting, the Zoning Board of Adjustment approved a variance to allow the owner of the lot that the former Country Fare Inn was located to have a directional sign located on the property in roughly the same size and location as the current sign located on the corned of Old 109 and Rt. 25. ( ZBA minutes March 21st 2018).
The sign requested is larger then that allowed in our zoning ordinances and the sign was not grandfathered as the business it advertised (Gillgans) is no longer there.The ZBA variance approval stipulates that the proposed directional sign be located as per the location shown on the site plan previously approve by the Moultonborough Planning Board and that the sign be no greater than 37.62 sq. ft.
The matter still needs to go back to the BoS for approval as the ZBA by granting the variance was giving relief only on the size of the sign. It becomes the jurisdiction of the BoS who must approve offsite directional signs for traffic and safety reasons.( Zoning Ordinances Article 5 Section 502(C). "Directional signs on Town roads, not greater in size than four (4) square feet for business
identification and direction only, may be allowed by permit for each business off site at the
discretion of the Board of Selectmen if it is deemed necessary by the Selectmen for traffic and
The variance approval means that the BoS in making their decision, will not be constrained by the sign ordinance size limitation in making a final decision, but can grant approval on a much larger sign, roughly the same size as currently exists.