Lanier Tech plans to put up new sign

Asks county for letter in support

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. – A new proposed electronic monument sign with two columns at Lanier Technical College will look a lot like an electronic billboard.

Forsyth County Attorney Ken Jarrard said Lanier Tech, 7745 Majors Road in Cumming, wants to put up a billboard to serve as an institutional sign on the property facing Ga. 400.

The proposed LED automated and changeable copy sign is not covered under county code, but the sign is covered under state zoning exemptions.

Jarrard's legal recommendation to the Board of Commissioners at their Aug. 6 work session was to go ahead with the request because Lanier Tech is a state agency in property owned by the state and serves an educational purpose.

Signs are covered under county code and zoning regulations, Jarrard said. However, state agencies are not subject to the county’s zoning regulations.

“We want this because no one knows where Lanier Tech is,” said Dr. Joanne Tolleson, vice president of institutional effectiveness and operation. “It will advertise open houses, registrations... programs that we need enrollment and events there. Anything on premise can be put on that billboard.”

Tolleson said Lanier Tech needs a letter of support from the county because the proposed sign still needs state properties commission and state department of transportation approval.

“We really need to show that the county supports our efforts in letting citizens of Forsyth County know about the college,” Tolleson said.