The city’s first comprehensive sign ordinance was approved by the Planning Commission and will be sent to the City Council for final approval next month.
Previously, merchants and city planners had been working from guidelines set by the county and planned community documents, according to Community Development Director Clint Sherrod.
“A merchant can now just come to the counter (at City Hall) and see what the requirements are,” all in one document, Sherrod said.
Commissioners approved the ordinance 4 to 0. Commissioner Joseph Lowe was absent.
The sign law establishes architectural standards, including height and overall size.
The ordinance was ready to be sent to the council last June but was delayed by the passage of a state law preventing municipalities from banning real estate signs, such as those on private property giving directions to an open house.
City planners revised the Mission Viejo ordinance to reflect the state law that takes effect Jan. 1.