Developer way-finding signs get council approval

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — City Council backed a series of way-finding signs for residential housing developments across Brighton during the June 3 meeting.

Council voted 7-0 to enter into a non-exclusive Right-of-Way Usage and License Agreement between the city and Key Sign Plazas for the program.

After five way-finding signs previously were placed around town for municipal facilities, the city will work with Centennial-based  business Key Sign Plazas to create some additional signage that will serve as way-finding signs for residential housing developments.

“Under the program, multiple development sign kiosks will be installed throughout the city as directional signs – I believe the first phase has 13 signs,” said Marv Falconburg, assistant city manager for development. “The signs do not cost the city anything. In fact, we are paid an annual fee by the licensee who installs the signs. The purpose of this program is to provide a more cohesive and visually pleasing orientation for development signs.”

Falconburg said the program is modeled after similar programs in other cities such as Commerce City and Aurora that have been refined over time. The signs, designed to be similar to the existing way-finding signs, will be installed and maintained by Key Sign Plazas. The city, however, retains control over the ultimate placement of signs. 

Karl Kash, of Key Sign Plazas, said based upon the first 13 signs, they will pay the city $5,000 for the liscensing fee. As more structures are added, he said the licensing fee would go up $120 per panel.

Kash added that builders “are just itching to get on the program” and that the first nine of the 13 sign plazas could be completed and installed as early as July 1. He said there could be as many as 30 of these signs installed in the city in the future.

Mayor Pro Tem Kirby Wallin and Councilman Ken Kreutzer were excused from the meeting and were unable to cast their vote.


In other business:

• Economic Development Director Robert Smith told council that construction at King Soopers is completed and that the store is set to open on July 16. 

• Council went into executive session to discuss legal questions in regards to negotiations concerning water shares.