Action does not open current rules to change
Expert would return report, recommendations for review
MANDEVILLE — The City Council tonight (June 24, 2021) approved a comprehensive review of the city’s sign code, an action which stems from the recent electronic sign controversy which came to a head at the May 13th meeting with an ordinance to extend a grace period being pulled from consideration at the last minute.
With a 5-0 vote tonight, the council adopted Resolution No. 21-26, which confirms a recommendation from the Planning & Zoning Commission at its April 27th meeting that the city should retain a consultant to conduct a full review of the city’s sign code.
District II Councilman Skelly Kreller said he had received feedback from constituents who were concerned that this action could open the door to the return of electronic signs, but that he wanted to let everyone know that this is only a review.
“The most important word in this, it’s just a review,” Kreller added.
Councilman at Large Jason Zuckerman said, “I drove around the city and looked around. I think the review might actually result in some improvements.”
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Councilman at Large Rick Danielson addressed the issue of gas station pricing signs, and he said that too would be included in the review and something that the city would need to look at in the future.
Before the vote, Zuckerman offered a technical amendment, cleaning up some of the language, including adding the words “legal” and “planning” to the verbiage. That amendment was approved.