Council Changes Sign Rules For Mall

The old Wellington Village Council held what will likely be its last meeting Tuesday, after the inauguration of new council members was delayed due to the vote-counting debacle.

At the brief meeting, council members approved a zoning text amendment that will make it easier for changing signs at the Mall at Wellington Green.

Mayor Darell Bowen did not attend the meeting, so Vice Mayor Matt Willhite held the gavel.

The ordinance, which passed 4-0, would allow the mall to adhere to its master sign plan rather than seek approval for changes.

“This is essentially an ordinance that will allow signs within the Mall at Wellington Green to be governed by their master sign plan, without the necessity of going to the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council,” Village Manager Paul Schofield said. “It principally allows signs within the Mall at Wellington Green and really nowhere else to be governed by the master sign plan.”

The plan was approved by the council in 2008, Planning & Zoning Director David Flinchum said. “[The master sign plan] covers all of the signs in the mall,” he said. “You approved it in 2008 and you’ve seen it since then.”

Flinchum said that under the plan, any changes to signs would be subject to a staff decision or go before the Architectural Review Board.

“The mall is built,” he said. “It mostly has to do with replacing existing signs.”

Council members approved the measure without discussion. It will return for a final vote in May.