Sign Regulations Update

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The Community Development Department has completed a draft Ordinance for a comprehensive update of the City’s Sign Regulations. The purpose of the update is to provide regulations which result in sign installations that are compatible with the built environment, eliminate the potential for visual blight from incompatible sign installations, and allow for adequate business identification. Another specific goal in updating the Regulations was to ensure compliance with the U.S. Supreme Court decision Reed v. Town of Gilbert.  Also, the Regulations have been updated for best practices, clarification of terms, and greatly enhanced graphics by incorporating photo images to depict various sign types.   

Public Input Process

Staff is committed to keeping residents, and the City Council up to date on progress, and aware of the opportunities available to provide input and to participate in collaborative public meetings.

  • March 18, 2019 - Study Session Report
  • June 17, 2019 - Architectural Review Commission Hearing
  • August 20, 2019 - City Council Hearing

Key Changes:

  • Increase clarity about requirements and the basis for making discretionary decisions.
  • Ensure that signage is appropriate for and enhances architectural and district character.
  • Provide increased flexibility that allows for variations in site and building design.
  • Reflect current sign technology and promote energy conservation.
  • Improving coordination with other municipal requirements and regulations applicable to signage.
  • Ensure consistency with applicable State and federal requirements including, but not limited to, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert.