Seeing the Signs: Duluth Evaluates Sign Code
Posted at: 09/11/2012 11:04 PM
| Updated at: 09/12/2012 1:27 AM
By: Dayna Landgrebe
A great sign can play a crucial role in drawing people to a business, but the City of Duluth wants to make sure those signs are up to code.
On Tuesday night, Duluth's Planning Commission got an update on new regulations for signs in the city. The changes come as part of the recently passed Unified Development Code. The code requires signs to fit the nature of the districts they're in.
To help do that, the city has hired a Chicago company to help with the assessment. Arista Strungys with Camiros Urban Planning Firm said even if a sign doesn't fit current regulations, they won't be taken down.
"Those signs can continue until they're damaged or somebody willingly takes them down and has to replace it, in which case they'd have to comply with the regulations. But nobody is going to make anybody take down a sign," Strungys said.
Strungys said the city started working on this sign process back in January with public meetings and comment.
"We've been working on this process to really create a new set of sign regulations that really tie in with the existing Unified Development Code that was recently adopted, and really trying to make sure that we get the existing sign regulations right."
Recommendations from Tuesday's meeting will now be presented at a public hearing in the future. And Strungys said comments are still welcome to the city.
"[We're] really trying to make sure that we allow the right types of signs in the districts that match the character that's been established in the zoning regulations."