Businesses to need city approval on paint colors

La Cañada businesses soon will need city approval to change their building color or install outdoor furniture, as the City Council gave final approval to a change in zoning law on Monday night.

The change requires owners of commercial properties who seek to fully or partially repaint a building exterior to get approval first from the city's director of community development. If the proposed paint color is judged to be significantly different from the previous hue, approval from the Design Commission will be required.

The council exempted touch-up painting, such as graffiti coverage, from requiring approval.

The vote was tabled for a month after resident Richard Cohen voiced his opposition on March 5.

Councilman David Spence said that delay gave the council a chance to make some minor adjustments to the law. Spence said he did not believe the law would prove burdensome for businesses.

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