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Zoners OK Private School's Messaging Sign

An rendering of the sign, displayed last month to the Zoning Hearing Board.

An rendering of the sign, displayed last month to the Lower Pottsgrove Zoning Hearing Board.

POTTSTOWN PA – Coventry Christian Academy will be allowed to install an internally lit electronic message board sign on the front lawn of its 699 N. Pleasant View Rd., Pottstown PA, campus, the Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township Zoning Hearing Board ruled last week (Aug. 18, 2009).

Erection of the sign, one of the first of its kind to be permitted by the township outside areas specified in its zoning code, was limited by the board by four conditions:

  • Two existing signs currently on the front lawn must be removed;
  • The new sign will be the only one to replace the removed signs;
  • The sign’s electronic message will “be blank” and not displayed from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily; and
  • The sign must be set at least 50 feet back from the center of North Pleasant View Road.

School representatives and supporters, during the board’s July 21 (2009) meeting at the township municipal building on Buchert Road, contended the 34-square-foot sign that would publicize upcoming events, make announcements in the public interest and help promote the school.

At least one neighboring property owner publicly opposed the request.

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