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Cornelius News

Sign of the wines

Nov. 3. By Dave Vieser. A public hearing has been scheduled for Monday Nov. 14 at 6:30 pm in Town Hall to determine if Total Wine may install an oversized sign at their new location in Cornelius.

Total Wine will be occupying part of the former Steinmart store.

Deputy Town Manager Wayne Herron said town code allows a wall sign at a maximum size of 100 square feet.

Total Wine is requesting a sign that is a total of 246.24 square feet.

In their application for a variance, Total Wine said the store is located 290 feet from the roadway and that enforcing the town sign law would represent an extreme hardship.

Total Wine in Birkdale / Visit Lake Norman


Per Town and state law, the Board of Adjustment, which is comprised of the same individuals as the planning board, acts on enforcement of the town Zoning Ordinance on individual properties, such as variance requests. Requests are heard in a quasi-judicial (court style) manner in which sworn testimony is given and decisions are based on facts and evidence presented.

The hearing will be held in the Town Board meeting room and will be open to the public.