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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - " West Lafayette officials say the banana constitutes a sign"

You have to see the photo in this Lafayette Journal Courier story by Justin L. Mack in order to understand the issue. The story begins:

Granite Management’s plans to bring a banana-themed mural to Chauncey Hill may have a few brown spots.

Word of the giant banana being painted on the side of the Granite rental property at 138 S. Chauncey Ave. quickly became a hot topic among residents when work began on the project last week.

But West Lafayette officials say the image, which is used as a logo in the company’s promotional materials, falls under the category of a sign in the Tippecanoe County Unified Zoning Ordinance. That means hours of work already put into the project may be for naught if requirements to allow the banana to stay put cannot be met.

“There has been a lot of debate going on. … Our read on it is that it does meet the definition of a sign, so it is going to have to meet the requirements for signage,” City Engineer Dave Buck said. “It does have a commercial message. Is it art? That’s not a question we’re going to try to answer. One person’s art is another person’s sign.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 22, 2013 02:53 PM
Posted to Indiana Government