Got an oil-change special going? Those parsnips in season? How’s that Miller Lite supply?
You won’t have to look to hard to find out, as the City Council said “si” to being able to see more business signs in Spokane Valley.
The council unanimous agreed at its April 24 meeting – minus Council Member Ben Wick – to move forward with a new sign code that loosens the rules on the number of business signs and how long temporary signs can remain up.
The rules were also relaxed on wall signs on apartment complexes, off-premises directional signs and A-frames. Many of the suggestions for the new standards came from Steve Wineinger, president of Pro Sign Inc., who was in attendance at the meeting to give his thumbs up to the new rules.
“This draft is a pretty good one,” Wineinger told the council before moving forward.
The new code includes the following relaxes provisions:
- Multifamily complexes are now allowed to display wall signs
- Businesses on lots fronting arterials are now able to increase the number of freestanding signs on display,
- Monument signs are OK for all institutional and commercial uses along any street frontage
- A limited number of off-premises directional signs are allowed
- Previously not-OK A-frame signs for business and real-estate purposes are now kosher
- And, one of the few restrictions in the bunch, electronic signs are required to have “automatic dimming” capabilities
Before passage of the new code, Council Member Dean Grafos suggested allowing permits for temporary signs be good for 60 days instead of the suggested 30.
“I think that’s more reasonable,” Grafos said.
While other tweaks to the code are still possible, the council was in favor of moving forward with the suggested changes now rather than delaying the entire code’s approval by sending it back to the Planning Commission for review.
“I think we ought to pass what we have here,” said Council Member Arne Woodard.