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Marana considers sign-code changes to help businesses

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Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 3:00 am

With retailers continuing to struggle in tough economic times, the Marana Town Council is looking at changing sign codes.

Earlier this year the council directed staff to consider a request from business owners to allow more signage along town streets.

The council discussed the issue again during its May 10 planning session. While no vote was taken, Town Manager Gilbert Davidson said it appears the process will continue to move forward, noting the council could vote on a proposal next month.

Staff is working to draft an ordinance that would create a time-limited temporary sign program.

Davidson said Ina Road is a good example of businesses in need of some assistance.

“While some of these businesses are located right on the street, others are set back and not as visible,” he said. “This ordinance would give some of those businesses assistance.”

While the council has directed staff to move forward with the project, Davidson said there are still several issues that have to be resolved before it becomes official.

Some of the questions to be answered are how long a sign can sit along the street, size and how many at one time can be out at a time.

A draft of the ordinance already shows numerous restrictions, including where a sign can be placed in regard to the street and sidewalk, what messages can be posted, and the restriction of a sign height to 30 inches.

The ordinance is slated to expire Dec. 12, 2012. Starting Jan. 1, 2013, all business signage will be removed and businesses will be required to comply with the requirements set forth in the Marana Land Development Code.

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