The City Council tonight will hold a public hearing on a proposed new sign code for the city.
The Planning Commission approved the new sign code at its Sept. 23 meeting. The code, which regulates and sets standards for signs within the city, is the result of several years of joint work by the city's Community Development Department and Planning Commission.
In addition, those agencies have met with members of the Chamber of Commerce, who suggested revisions to an earlier draft.
Changes in the proposed sign code include altering the definition of business signs to permit product, trade and service information on the signs; permitting festoons, balloons and light-bulb strings with certain limitations; modifying the size and height limits for real estate signs; and providing for exceptions from the code without getting a formal variance.
Also at its meeting tonight, the council will hold a public hearing on whether to use eminent domain proceedings to buy a parcel of property on the north side of Vandenberg Lane, west of Prospect Avenue.
The city plans to use the property to construct a water well. City officials hope to begin construction late this year or early next year, with drilling to last about three weeks.