Larger home base Iowa signage being considered


The Marshall County Board of Supervisors are one step away from granting the use of larger signs for rural home-based businesses.

The supervisors held a second reading at Tuesday’s regular meeting which would amend an existing ordinance allowing a home occupation to erect a single one or two-sided sign.

Tuesday’s action is part of ongoing board consideration for adoption of Amendment No. ZA-20-01 to the county’s zoning ordinance concerning sign sizes.

A home-based business may erect a sign with these requirements:

• Shall not be more than 32-square feet.

• Shall not be more than 8-foot wide.

• Shall be no more than 8-foot in total height from the grade.

• Can not be lit.

• Shall be located on the same parcel as the permitted home occupation.

• If the home occupation ceases operation the sign shall be immediately removed.

• The sign owner shall maintain the sign so that it is not in poor condition No frayed materials, no cracking, no faded or peeling paint and other similar condition.

If located along a state or federal highway an Iowa Department of Transportation permit must be obtained.

If located along a county right-of-way a minimum set-back of 15-feet from the right-of-way there must be a minimum set back of 15-feet from all other lot lines.

• The sign shall contain no content other than the name of the business and telephone number.

The third and final reading is scheduled at the next Board of Supervisors regular session, 9:05 a.m., March 3 in the second floor conference room of Great Western Bank, 11 N. First Ave.

The first reading was Feb. 4.

For more information contact Todd Apfel, Marshall County Planning & Zoning, 641-754-6370 or zoning@co.marshall.ia.us.


Contact Mike Donahey at 641-753-6611 or mdonahey@timesrepublican.com


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