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Sign Code Updates
Sign Code Updates

      Staff has met with the Code Committee to review updates to the sign code. In order to
address a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Reed v. Towne of Gilbert, 135 S.Ct. 2887 (2015), the City Attorney asked staff to review the existing sign code to determine if there are invalid regulations based on the case.

     Sign regulation distinctions can no longer be based on the message or content of the sign.  If you have to read the message to figure out how a sign is to be regulated, then it is “content-based.”

      The following changes are proposed to the sign code:

a.    Delete any “content-based” references.

b.    Add references to “Rural Commercial Area.” (Housekeeping item)

c.    Sign face changes will no longer require a sign permit.

d.    Add references to M-3 and P-2 zoning districts.  (Housekeeping item)   

Next Steps:

  1.  Public hearing to be held before Plan Commission (June 6, 2016).
  2. Plan Commission recommendation forwarded to the Common Council for final action (July 13, 2016). 
  3. Common Council review and final action (July 26, 2016). 

Previous Action:

  • 4/20/16 – Code Committee made a recommendation to forward the amended Sign Code to the Plan Commission.
  • 5/2/16 - Plan Commission forwarded recommendation to the Common Council to set a public hearing date. 
  • 5/10/16 - Common Council set a public hearing date of June 6, 2016.
  • 6/6/2016 - Plan Commission held a public hearing.
  • 7/13/2016 - Plan Commission approved the amendments and forwarded to Common Council for action.