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Public hearing set for proposed sign ordinance in Delano
February 1, 2010

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

DELANO, MN – A topic that has been garnering the interest of the Delano business community will again be on the agenda for the Delano Planning Commission Monday, Feb. 8.

The city is studying a change to the city’s sign ordinance, adding definitions for “dynamic” signs, and adding and amending the city performance standards and regulations for installation and operations of these signs.

The change would allow for the signs in the city, but also include regulations, which have been the topic of discussion over the past few months.

The basic issues of concern have been duration of message/speed of changeover, motion, animation, video presentation, brightness, sign placement and spacing, and sign sizes, according to the minutes from the Nov. 9 planning commission meeting.

“Reports received have stated that there are not direct collations between accidents and sign distractions,” according to the minutes. “ . . . dynamic sign usage has become greater for business to present their wares along the highways.”

A draft zoning ordinance amendment has been prepared and was sent by the city to the Delano Area Chamber of Commerce, which sent it on to its membership via e-mail to review prior to the public hearing.

The public hearing will take place Monday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Delano City Hall. No action has been taken by the planning commission on the issue, and it has not been brought forth yet to the Delano City Council, which would consider any final approval for an ordinance change.


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