Town of Nolensville

Historic Zoning Commission

Regular Meeting

December 18, 2008 – 6:30 p.m.


Board Members Present: Wanda Barker, Bob Crigger, Betty Friedlander and Ken Thomas
Staff Members Present: Henry Laird and Cathi Little


The Meeting was called to order at 6:37 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 September 25, 2008, meeting of the Historic Zoning Commission. Commissioner Betty Friedlander seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.




7280 Nolensville Road, Nolensville Feed Mill -- Request for exterior signs.

Planner Henry Laird stated that the Design Review Committee had met and discussed the sign issues in the historic district. The consensus of that committee was to consider the use of black, white or neutral colors for signs, as long as it appropriately fits in with the building and surroundings. The key sentence is: “All signs should be compatible with the building design, scale, color and materials.” The last paragraph states: “All signs in the district shall comply with the following standards in addition to the requirements of the Town Sign Ordinance. Where conflicts arise, these standards supersede the sign code.”

Matt Happel, the Design Review Committee Chairman, Mayor Beth Lothers, and attorney Bob Notestine all agree that if this Commission is willing to accept the responsibility, there is no need for color choices to go before the Board of Zoning Appeals. The Historic Zoning Commission will make decisions as to the appropriateness of signs in the historic district.

There was some discussion as to the size, colors and fonts of the signs. It was determined that the signs would be hanging, but not swinging. They will be attached under the porch roofs.

Commissioner Thomas made a motion to approve all 4 signs as submitted. Commissioner Friedlander seconded the motion, which passed unanimously.


It was discussed and decided that the vote for new officers of the commission will be postponed to the next meeting.


There was some discussion regarding Shop Girl. Planner Laird stated that the hanging sign with green was never approved through the BZA. They were also told that the portable folding sign was not permitted, but it is still being used. The door has been painted, but not completely, apparently they ran out of paint.

Commissioner Freidlander made a motion to accept the colors on the permanent hanging sign as it is, Ken Thomas seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

The Commission would like to have a letter sent to Shop Girl stating that the Commission has accepted of the colors of the permanent sign, ask that they finish painting the front door, and reiterate that the portable folding sign is not permitted.



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






Ken Thomas, Secretary