City commissioners voted 4-0 Monday to give transitioning businesses more time to save pole signs.


Under zoning ordinances stemming from a 2003 comprehensive development plan, if a commercial property is vacant for more than six months the pole sign must come down.


The Nebraska City Planning Commission proposed the regulation to avert what zoning consultant Orval Stahr described as a “sign race” on south 11th Street.


City commissioners voted 4-0 Monday to give transitioning businesses more time to save pole signs.

Under zoning ordinances stemming from a 2003 comprehensive development plan, if a commercial property is vacant for more than six months the pole sign must come down.

The Nebraska City Planning Commission proposed the regulation to avert what zoning consultant Orval Stahr described as a “sign race” on south 11th Street.

He said a new business may feel compelled to erect a pole sign taller and bigger than its neighbors, leading to a crowded and unattractive 11th Street entrance to the city.

The city council agreed Monday to extend the time for a sign to be used to a year, to conform with state statute.Zoning Administrator Dan Giittinger said a new business can use an existing pole sign if it makes application for the sign within a year of the previous business closing.

The provision is expected to be used by Fareway Foods at the former Pamida location.

“If they are not used within 12 months, they are obsolete and must be removed,” he said.