It’s another month and that means it’s time for another zoning code review session led by Community Development Director Gary Locke. Tuesday night, October 20, 2009, Gary has arranged for the eitgth collaborative zoning review meeting that includes members of the public, planning commission members, City Council, board of zoning appeals, and the sustainability commission members. The October topic is City sign regulations which tends to produce a lot of opinions.
Zoning Code Review Session #8: Sign Regulations
EMAIL MEETING NOTICE FROM GARY LOCKE, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
Since there still have been some delays in getting the design guidelines in final form, we will not have that item on the agenda for next week’s meeting. I am advised that the final draft of that document should be done by 10/23, and if so, we should be able to schedule the continuation of that discussion in November (11/17/09 to be exact).
I have been working on putting in ordinance form a new set of sign regulations for actual consideration since some desire has been expressed in seeing new sign regulations put in place sooner rather than later. As such, the attached draft is a first attempt to get something out for actual review. I will be providing an overview and summary of these draft sign regs and where they differ significantly from the existing regs at the meeting Tuesday evening. Also attached is the agenda for the meeting which will start at 7 PM since there is no regular Planning Commission meeting scheduled.
Just several quick points about the sign reg draft. The draft is primarily based on the Obetz, Ohio regulations with some additions to address what I believe are local issues to Kent based on our enforcement experience. You will also note some italicized text in the draft. This is wording that would be plugged in assuming that 1) the new zoning chapters, which will be slightly renumbered, are adopted; 2) that we expand the implementation of the Civil Infraction enforcement mechanism into the zoning code; and 3) that the design guidelines and an ordinance mandating their enforcement are adopted. I at least wanted to give the committee some idea of how those items would be plugged in to this part of the ordinance. Last, the draft is 30 pages long, which makes it about twice the length of the existing ordinance. I am somewhat concerned about the length, but the draft does contain the definitions that used to be in the Definition chapter of the zoning code as well as a lot more “process” that was missing from the current code. Since this is a first draft, we should feel free to suggest and make changes as needed.
I hope to see you all there next Tuesday.
Gary Locke, Community Development Director