Council to talk signs Tuesday
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – South Lake Tahoe’s sign ordinance will be the primary topic of discussion for the city council this week. City staff have proposed a long list of changes to the ordinance based on input from the council in June and July. If approved by the council Tuesday, the changes would be up for final approval during the council’s Oct. 4 meeting. Changes to the sign ordinance will also require approval by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. Some of the changes to be discussed Tuesday include:
– Establishing procedures to address violations of the sign ordinance
– Allowing banners and sandwich boards during community events, holiday weekends and the month of December as long as they don’t impeded traffic or visibility
– Allowing signs that are lit from the exterior to have light colored backgrounds
– Allowing for greater flexibility for the placement of garage sale signs
– Not requiring a permit for the painting of signs
– Allowing for “direct lighting,” such as neon signs
– Allowing for two “for sale” real estate signs where a property has front and rear street frontage
– Allowing for open house signs to be placed on U.S. Highway 50 and Emerald Bay Road
– Allowing for the placement of flags, balloons or pennants with a temporary activity permit
– Allowing changeable messages on city gateway or publically owned community event signs
– Establishing an opportunity for exceptions to the sign ordinance through a “locally unique” designation
The council will also consider creating a Sign Replacement Incentive Program designed to help business owners with the cost of bringing their signs up to code. As proposed, the program would start between Trout Creek and Ski Run Boulevard before moving to other areas of U.S. Highway 50. The program would be funded by using $140,000 in undesignated reserves in the city’s 2011-2012 budget. The council meets starting at 9 a.m. at Lake Tahoe Airport.
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