C.P. sign ordinance revisions headed back to full City Council

2013-10-24T21:10:00Z 2013-10-24T22:31:54Z C.P. sign ordinance revisions headed back to full City CouncilBy Susan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | Revised rules proposed for billboards and other signs appeared likely to stay intact Wednesday after discussion by a City Council committee.

An ordinance setting the new rules had been sent back to the ordinance committee after being read earlier this month by the full council.

Ordinance committee member Bill Feder, D-at-large, sought a change in the revision, asking that billboards along the Interstate 65 corridor be restricted to at least 500 feet of residential areas.

After discussion Wednesday, committee members agreed to abide by the originally proposed revision, restricting billboards to no closer than 300 feet of a residential district.

Proponents have said the revised rules will modernize the city's approach to billboards and bring it more in line with state standards for outdoor advertising.

To not update city law to be more compliant with state and federal outdoor advertising regulations leaves the city vulnerable to lawsuits, officials said.

Also left intact Wednesday was a revision calling for separate rules for signs along the I-65 corridor and those in other business districts in the city.

Billboards within the I-65 corridor would be permitted to be closer together than currently allowed, at 1,250 feet, compared with the current 2,500 feet. 

Along Main Street, Broadway and other permitted areas, billboards still would be required to be at least 2,500 feet from one another. Billboards outside the I-65 corridor would still be required to be at least 1,320 feet from a residential district.

A requirement that sign companies go before city officials for a special billboard permit no matter where they are located in the city would be lifted in the revised rules.

The ordinance setting the changes is expected to be put to a final City Council vote in November.

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