Coun­cil To Con­sider Sign Or­di­nance

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - NEWS - By Lynn Kut­ter

LIN­COLN — Lin­coln Plan­ning Com­mis­sion last week for­warded a new sign or­di­nance to be con­sid­ered by Lin­coln City Coun­cil at its Oct. 16 meet­ing.

Juliet Richey with Garver En­gi­neer­ing in Fayet­teville has been serv­ing as the city’s con­sul­tant to up­date the cur­rent or­di­nance, which has pos­si­bly been in ex­is­tence since the 1970s.

The Com­mis­sion has worked on a new sign or­di­nance for about three months and held a pub­lic hear­ing on the draft doc­u­ment prior to its meet­ing last week. Richey re­viewed the or­di­nance dur­ing the pub­lic hear­ing. No one from the pub­lic had any ques­tions or com­ments about it.

“The ex­ist­ing sign or­di­nance is very old and peo­ple were hav­ing to get vari­ances that you were OK with,” Richey said.

She added that the city also needed to up­date its or­di­nance to be in com­pli­ance with a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court de­ci­sion that pro­hib­ited cities from reg­u­lat­ing con­tent-based signs.

“Ev­ery sign or­di­nance in Amer­ica was not le­gal overnight,” Richey told Com­mis­sion mem­bers.

Richey said Lin­coln’s new or­di­nance will have an easy tem­plate that de­vel­op­ers will be able to un­der­stand. One sec­tion in the or­di­nance shows the sign reg­u­la­tions by zon­ing district, whether a sign is al­lowed, al­lowed with a con­di­tional use per­mit, al­lowed with re­stric­tions or pro­hib­ited.

Cer­tain signs are al­lowed in ev­ery district, such as govern­ment signs, street num­bers, flags and traf­fic con­trol signs.

Tem­po­rary signs that are al­lowed in­clude ban­ners, elec­tion signs, for sale signs, signs for new busi­ness open­ings and signs dur­ing hol­i­day pe­ri­ods.

Flags are per­mit­ted per reg­u­la­tions spelled out in that sec­tion.

The or­di­nance also has pull-out pages on the reg­u­la­tions for each type of sign and city staff will be able to hand de­vel­op­ers or res­i­dents the page that spells out re­quire­ments for the type of sign they would like to in­stall.

Some of the signs ad­dressed in the or­di­nance in­clude awning signs, canopy signs, dig­i­tal signs, mon­u­ment signs, sand­wich board signs and shin­gle signs.

The or­di­nance re­quires a sign per­mit prior to the dis­play and erec­tion of any sign, ex­cept au­tho­rized signs and of­fi­cial no­tices.

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