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Sam's Club gets sign variance in Edmond

Sam's Club is proposing to come to Edmond North of 15th Street and Interstate 35. The first step was to get a variance from the sign code to install a larger sign. The council vote was unanimous.
by Diana Baldwin Published: October 9, 2012

Mayor Charles Lamb said he did some homework and found that a 1994 ordinance allowed buildings 60,000 square feet and larger to have a sign with 172.5 square feet on each side. He said he found a 1987 ordinance that allowed signs to be higher if there was a larger setback.

“Another consideration is the speed of the traffic,” Lamb said. “I have heard many say Sam's in Edmond will bring sales tax. This is a tough one to address.”

Wayne Nice, attorney for Sam's, requested the final reduction in the sign making it 50-foot-tall and 150-square-foot on each side with a 20 foot set back.

Nice called the sign requirement unfair because Sam's owns 15 acres.

Council members unanimously approved the sign variance. Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner was absent from the meeting.

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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