Council scrutinizes city sign ordinance
April 8, 2009
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE ” A controversial ordinance regulating signs will get a closer look in the upcoming months, following a decision by the city council on Tuesday.
The council directed city attorney Catherine DiCamillo to arrange a meeting with Tahoe Regional Planning Agency representatives to discuss how the planning agency’s code could be changed to limit regulation of signs in certain areas of the city.
The council also voted to extend a May 17 deadline for all signs in the city to comply with the complex ordinance for about six months while city staff develop ways to encourage business owners to get their signs up to code.
The council will review the effectiveness of those efforts in December before deciding what to do next.
Betty “B” Gorman, the president of the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce, lauded the council for reviewing the sign ordinance during a time when the U.S. is in the depths of a recession and many local businesses are struggling to make ends meet.
“We are pleased to see them willing to take a pro-business approach in looking at this issue,” Gorman said, adding very few businesses in town can afford to redo their signs to comply with the ordinance.
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