Town of Nolensville

Historic Zoning Commission

Regular Meeting

September 25, 2008 – 6:30 p.m.

Board Members Present: Wanda Barker, Brant Brandon, Bob Crigger, Kirk Duclos and Ken Thomas
Staff Members Present: Henry Laird, Cathi Little and Attorney Bob Notestine


The Meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by Chair Wanda Barker.


The Pledge of allegiance was led by Chair Barker.


Commissioner Ken Thomas made a motion to approve the minutes from the May 29, 2007, meeting of the Historic Zoning Commission. Commissioner Bob Crigger seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.




7292 Nolensville Road, ShopGirl -- Request for exterior door painting and freestanding sign.

Henry Laird, Town Planner, reviewed his memorandum to the Commission. He stated that they have applied for two parts. The first is to determine the appropriateness of the color on the front door, which had already been painted before they made this application. Mr. Laird stated that staff did not see the door color on the approved color list for the Historic District, and further stated that it would be up to this Commission to determine the appropriateness of the door color. The second item is for the Commission to determine the appropriateness of the sign, style-wise and if it fits in with the historic area. As far as the color part of it goes, the Sign Regulations restrict the actual coloring of the sign.

Chair Barker asked Ms. Sisk and Ms. Conley if they had met with Henry Laird and Don Swartz prior to painting the door. They stated they had met with them in April and were told that they should choose a historic color from the color chart. They liked the shade of green on the Nolensville Buttercup banner that was hanging in the historic district all Spring, stated that they wrongly assumed that since the banner was hanging in the historic district, then the color must have been approved. They went on to state that the same color was on the window of the Williams Grocery.

Chair Barker informed them that Williams Grocery, along with many other places in the historic area, have been there for a long time, even before the Town was incorporated, so the Historic Zoning Commission has no say in any of those businesses, as they are grandfathered in. Anything new must meet the Commission’s guidelines.

Commissioner Duclos asked Mr. Laird if the Sign Regulations require all signs to be in black and white. Mr. Laird stated that yes, the sign regulations were changed in the fall requiring all signs be black and white.

The applicants stated that Jay Nelson doesn’t have black and white, and the Williams’ is red and white.

Mr. Laird again restated that the majority of the sign regulations had been re-written last fall, and that those businesses were already in existence prior to that change. He went on to recommend that this Commission deal with the appropriateness of the sign, except for the color.

Attorney Notestine stated that the door color is definitely within this Commissions purview, because they are the custodians of the historic colors. The sign color is more complicated, since it is part of the zoning ordinance. If they want to get a variance for the sign color, they must make an application and go before the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Appendix A, Article 1.6.6 Material color and style, part D:

The color of the background shall be uniform on entire sign and letters shall be uniform on entire sign with dark background and color of letters shall be uniform on entire sign. If more than one sign is used, as in the case of a corner with two (2) frontages, both signs shall be uniform in color. All signs shall contain white lettering unless there is not enough contrast with the building surface material for reasonable legibility. In such cases, black lettering shall be used. Primary colors shall be prohibited and the use of high-intensity, or metallic colors shall be prohibited. Colors shall not be used as a form of advertising even though such color may be a trademark. Applicants shall request approval by the Planning Commission be made for any deviations from the requirements in this article (1.6.6).

Commissioner Duclos made a Motion to issue a certificate of appropriateness for the basic hanging sign, subject to the Board of Zoning Appeals’ approval of the color; Ken Thomas seconded, the motion passed unanimously.

The applicants asked if they would be allowed to place a portable sign on the porch to let the public know when the business is open. Mr. Laird stated that portable signs are prohibited by the ordinance. The applicants further stated that Mr. Swartz had told them that if they framed the sign, it would be allowed to be hung on the brick on the front of the building. Mr. Laird stated that he disagreed, it would still be considered a portable sign. Permanent signs are allowed on the wall and hanging or freestanding.

Commissioner Thomas made a motion to issue a certificate of appropriateness to paint the front door either Safari (#312-3) or Knights Armour (#530-7) by Porter Paint; Commissioner Duclos seconded; the motion passed unanimously.

There was some discussion regarding the colors allowed in the historic district. By acclamation, the Commission accepted Matt Happel’s offer of the Design Review Committee proposing several color schemes to be used in the historic district.


It was discussed and decided that a vote would be taken for new officers of the commission at the next meeting.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 p.m.


Ken Thomas, Secretary