Weber commission seeks input on ordinance changes regarding temporary signs

Jul 19 2012 - 10:01pm

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Political signs dot the Utah landscape in 2006. (Standard Examiner file photo)
Political signs dot the Utah landscape in 2006. (Standard Examiner file photo)

OGDEN -- Weber County Commissioners have requested input on proposed ordinance amendments regarding temporary signs.

Commissioners initially reviewed the amendments, which are separated into two parts to cover Ogden Valley and unincorporated Weber County, during their meeting Tuesday morning. They opted to request more input.

The initial need for the amendments started when the Weber County Planning Department wanted to put together a brochure instructing political candidates on the regulations for their political signs.

It included information such as the length of time signs may be displayed and the locations where signs are permitted.

As the county moved forward to create the brochure, it discovered the current ordinance faced freedom of speech issues.

Therefore, the county looked to amend the ordinance.

"When we went to talk to our attorneys, they said our existing ordinance dealing with political signs was not going to pass muster, it was unconstitutional," said Weber County Planning Director Robert Scott.

Political signs fall under the same ordinances that regulate other temporary signs, including grand-opening banners, sale signs and real estate signs.

"It's really a cleanup for the most part," Scott said. "I don't see any significant changes."

The county hopes to have the ordinance amendment completed before the upcoming political season. Commissioners will vote on the amendment during their July 31 meeting.

In the same July 31 meeting, the commission will recognize an organization or individual who has contributed to the community. The commission invites the public to attend the ceremony.

The Weber County Commission will not meet next week because of the Pioneer Day holiday.

To contact the commissioners, residents can email cdearden@co.weber.ut.us, kgibson@co.weber.ut.us or jzogmaister@co.weber.ut.us.

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