The sign at Casino Fandango is growing up.
The Planning Commission on Wednesday approved a change to the casino’s special use permit allowing the business to elevate the existing sign on South Carson Street by eight feet to a height of 40 feet, twice the height allowed without permit by municipal code.
Hope Sullivan, planning manager, said the sign is sometimes obscured by traffic signals. Also, nearby signs, including the 35-foot Courtyard by Marriott sign and Bodines’ 39.2-foot sign, are of a similar height.
“Since completion of the freeway I’ve been told we’ve lost 60 percent of our traffic,” said Court Cardinal, president and general manager, Casino Fandango. “At a distance you will be able to see the sign earlier so that should help our business.”
A condition was added to the permit amendment that the sign’s electronic messaging function must comply with current code.
The commission also heard a presentation on the Carson Street Complete Streets project, which is now 30 percent designed. The same presentation will be made Thursday to the Board of Supervisors, who will vote whether to approve the project at this milestone.
The Planning Commission will be meeting early next month, on Jan. 15, because the audio/visual equipment is being replaced in the Community Center’s Sierra Room, where most public meetings are held. The project will be completed between the supervisors meeting on Jan. 17 and Feb. 7. The commission may meet again during its regular time slot, on Jan. 30, to finish its work.