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Potential changes to city code could lead to more murals around Jefferson City.

The Cultural Arts Commission is reviewing the current code.

Amy Schroeder, community relations manager, said the commission first considered the changes in October but paused it until after approving a mural on Capitol Avenue.

Now that work has started on it, the commission is returning to the code changes.

Schroeder said the Department of Planning has helped come up with some of the suggested changes, and now the commission is reviewing them.

"When we have our May meeting, we'll go over each of those changes individually and decide if that is what we want to push forward," she said.

One of the key changes would address where murals can be placed.

Under current code, it is specifically in commercial and industrial areas, but the changes would open it up to mixed-use areas of the city. It would also allow schools and churches otherwise in residential areas to erect a mural.

The changes would also get rid of a current rule that keeps murals at least 500 feet from each other.

The changes maintain the process applicants go through and certain restrictions, but Schroeder said the goal is to simplify it.

"The whole reason we're doing this is to make this process easier for the public to go through because right now, it's pretty complicated," she said. "It was difficult for us as city staff to get a mural put on, so I can't imagine how difficult it would be if you're a private citizen wanting to do something like this."

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