MERIDEN — A company is requesting a variance to construct a digital billboard next to Interstate 91 and Route 15.
The Zoning Board of Appeals expects to hear the application from Independent Outdoor III Tuesday night for the construction of a digital billboard at 10 Bee St., overlooking the convergence of I-91 and Route 15. The property houses the Hampton Inn.
Independent Outdoor III installed a billboard earlier this year next to Interstate 691 near Exit 8.
Company owner Dave Gannon did not return a call for comment.
The digital billboard needs a variance because a sign for the Hampton Inn exists on the property and two billboards cannot be on the same parcel, said City Planner Bob Seale.
The company is seeking to subdivide the lot to allow the signs to be on separate parcels, however, a variance is required because that would result in the hotel’s sign being on a separate property than the hotel.
“The hotel’s sign is required to be on the hotel’s property because you are only allowed to have on-site (signage) so by creating a new lot through the subdivision it’s no longer going to be on their property so they have to get a variance to have it on a different lot,” Seale said.
The company has not yet submitted a site plan for the sign. The Planning Commission tabled the matter last week as the application required a variance. Seale hoped the commission would be able to review the site plan and subdivision application together.
”Filing a site plan would be best so we could look at them concurrently and be able to act on the subdivision and the site plan at the same meeting,” Seale said.
The Zoning Board of Appeals will review the matter Tuesday night.