Panel advances temporary-sign ordinance

It took a little while to make it happen, but there will soon be changes coming to Jefferson City’s sign ordinance.

At Thursday morning’s Public Works and Planning Committee meeting, assistant city attorney Drew Hilpert briefed members of the City Council about a new ordinances that will come before the full council.

The ordinance, which come as a result of the city’s ad hoc committee to review the sign ordinance, would address temporary signs.

The regulations would require residents to apply for a permit that would last for 60 days. After being issued the permit, the resident would be allowed to put up a sign, so long as it was smaller than 64 square feet in size and was not on the city’s right-of-way.

Hilpert said the process to get a sign permit is not intended to be complicated.

“It is simply that they have filed with us, that we are aware of it and that we have some documentation if we find out that there are too many signs on the property or what have you,” Hilpert said.

The ordinance would also require a fee that would come with the permit, which would be set up by the city administrator and subject to the review of the council on a yearly basis.

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