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Open house will address sign code

DALLAS — The city of Dallas' sign code has a section addressing the rate of speed a rotating business sign — remember those? — can spin, but not one addressing the use of electronic reader boards.

February 04, 2014

DALLAS — The city of Dallas' sign code has a section addressing the rate of speed a rotating business sign — remember those? — can spin, but not one addressing the use of electronic reader boards.

That's just one example of why the code needs an update, said John Swanson, city planner.

Wanting feedback from the public on a proposed new code, the city will host an open house Wednesday (today) at 5:30 p.m. at the Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St.

The sign code hasn't gone through a major revision in more than 20 years and is sorely in need of an update for clarity, Swanson said. Once the revision is complete, the code will be moved to the city's previously revised development code.

The open house will consist of an informational presentation, slide show, question-and-answer session and a survey.

Swanson said the city has been able to engage businesses, but would like to get feedback from residents as well. The code won't just address signs in commercial zones, but also temporary real estate and political signs that are often placed in residential neighborhoods.

"It's not just a business issue," Swanson said.

Once feedback has been incorporated in the draft sign code, it will be taken to the Dallas Planning Commission for approval and a recommendation to the city council.

The public will have a chance to provide input at both stages.

For more information, or to review the current and proposed sign code, go to www.dallasor.gov/signcode.

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What: City of Dallas open house to discuss proposed changes to the city's sign code.

When: Wednesday (today), 5:30 p.m.

Where: Dallas Civic Center, 945 SE Jefferson St., Dallas.

For more information: John Swanson, city of Dallas planner, 503-831-3572; www.dallasor.gov/signcode.

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