City commissioners have scheduled a 6 p.m. public hearing on Monday, Jan. 7, to consider changes to an ordinance regulating business signs.
The Nebraska City Planning Commission constructed the framework for the sign ordinance during the comprehensive planning and zoning project in 2003 and enacted rules to tighten controls on pole signs in 2009.
Harry Larson of Larson Motors asked the city in February, however, to reconsider the ban on new pole signs. He said they they are typical of car lots and can help all businesses located near heavily traveled roadways.
Mayor Jack Hobbie appointed a sign ordinance review committee in May to consider changes to the citywide ban on pole signs.
The proposal before the city council on Monday is expected to include allowances for pole signs with rules regarding the size of the sign and distance from the street right-of-way.
Pole signs would be allowed in all zoned districts, including residential, commercial and industrial. A formula is proposed so that the larger a sign is, the farther it has to be located from the street.
City Clerk Arnold Ehlers said the proposal acknowledges state laws that say a sign that has been invalid for 12 months must be removed. He said laws covering obsolete signs would impact the Alco sign because it has been over 12 months since the store has been open.
He said the new rules would still allow pole signs, but a sign the size of the Alco sign would have to be set back farther from 11th Street.
The city council could approve the changes following the hearing Monday, but also may continue the reading of the ordinance.