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Planners consider changes to sign code for businesses

The city Planning Commission will grapple with how to change the rules governing the types and amounts of signs business owners can display on private property at their 7 p.m. Tuesday meeting at the Civic Center.

Commissioners will discuss the proposed amendments and try to come to a consensus about what changes, if any, the city should make to the sign code. At a later meeting, the commission will hear related comments from locals and vote on the matter, passing their recommendations to the City Council, which will have the final say on any ordinance changes.

The present sign code bans sandwich board and 3-D displays, and puts limitations on the square footage of exempt signs, which don't require a permit and are typically open/closed signs and menu postings, said Brandon Goldman, the city's senior planner. Commissioners will consider how to adjust these and other sign requirements at their meeting.

In July of 2008, Mayor John Morrison appointed a Downtown Task Force, made up of merchants, city officials and other locals, to review the sign code and suggest amendments. The committee has recommended, among other suggestions, that commissioners allow each downtown business to have sandwich board signs, one 3-D display and larger exempt signs, as long as all displays are on the business' property.

Also at the Thursday meeting, commissioners will vote on whether to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with other area cities to potentially implement a regional growth plan.

The Greater Bear Creek Valley Regional Problem Solving Agreement allows area cities to work together to plan for population growth while trying to prevent urban sprawl and save farmland.

City staff is recommending the commission approve the agreement.

Commissioners will also decide whether to allow Myles Comstock, owner of Valley Equipment Rental, to build a taller structure at 2915 Highway 66 than the city previously approved.

In September of 2008, the city approved Comstock's plans to build a 20-foot-tall, 3,000-square-foot warehouse to hold the equipment he rents. Comstock now wants to make the structure 26.5 feet tall.

As long as Comstock adheres to specific city rules regarding building near the airport and other conditions, city staff is recommending the commission approve the plans.

Staff writer Hannah Guzik can be reached at 482-3456 ext. 226 or hguzik@dailytidings.com.