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City planners closing in on sign ordinance revision

August 19, 2010
After years of work, the Warren Planning Commission hopes it is on the verge of wrapping up changes to the city’s sign ordinance. The group decided Wednesday morning to hold an evening work session to allow more than the one-hour time slot available for its morning meetings. “Let’s schedule a work session so we can finally put this thing to bed,” Chairman Don Nelson said. Commission member Bill Tarpenning suggested forwarding the proposed ordinance to the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry (WCCBI) so President and CEO Jim Decker and interested business owners could look at it and make suggestions. “Float it,” commission member Bob Dilks said. “We’ve got nothing to lose.” Nelson suggested a summary of the proposed changes be included with the proposal. In addition to looking for input through the WCCBI, the commission will hold a hearing to accept suggestions from the whole community. “We want input,” Nelson said. “We’re doing the work of the people. We want to make this a user-friendly city.” He said he hoped members of the community understand that the group is changing an existing ordinance. “I think there was a misconception that this commission was making up an ordinance that didn’t exist,” Nelson said. The changes will help reflect technology changes, among other things, that have been made since the original ordinance was written in 1981. “What we’ve done is make that sign ordinance a reflection of reality,” Nelson said. “Contrary to popular belief, we’re not creating new restrictions,” Dilks said. The group set a work session for 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9. After that, they expect to hold a public input session prior to finalizing its work and submitting the ordinance for consideration by city council in November. According to City Manager Jim Nelles, council will also have to hold a public hearing, but could vote on the ordinance immediately after.

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Suggestions sought
The Warren City Planning Commission hopes to present its recommended revisions to the city’s sign ordinance by November. Between now and then, the proposed revisions will be sent to the WCCBI for comments from business owners and a public hearing will be held to gather suggestions from the community.



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