Time change for March 19 public hearing
BOUNTIFUL — The Bountiful planning commission has held three public hearings about allowing the signs to become more pervasive, but staffers and decision-makers alike are concerned that they have only heard from the idea’s proponents.
Their next meeting, Tuesday, March 19, will begin at 6 p.m., according to the meeting agenda posted online. It previously had been scheduled for 7 p.m.
It started when the friend of a city councilmember asked for such a sign, said city planner Aric Jensen. Since then, businesses such as the new Goldenwest Credit Union at 2085 Orchard Drive and the Gordon’s Copy Print shop on 400 North have asked about them.
“At this point we haven’t had any feedback from the public,” Jensen said. “The thing that’s important to us as the city staff is that the public is aware these signs could potentially effect areas where they live.”
Six or seven years ago, there was public outcry when the city allowed an electronic sign on 400 North for a chiropractor, Jensen said. The city then banned the signs except for along the 500 West corridor.
Current proposals are seeking electronic signs on property that is zoned for commercial use, not residential use.
“There are a handful of people who are presenting information that they hope will convince the planning commission that electronic signs will be good for Bountiful,” said Planning Commission Chairman Tom Smith, “so we’re basically only hearing one side of the story and we’re curious what the people of Bountiful feel like.”
Commission members have been talking to their neighbors and visiting existing electronic signs in anticipation of their March 19 meeting, when the topic will again be broached. They hope to hear from the community at that meeting, which will be held at city hall.
Smith hasn’t yet made up his mind on whether to recommend that the city council change the rules, but thinks that these signs may not fit in with the concept that Bountiful is a beautiful place to live.
“I think there’s a place for them, but not in most districts in Bountiful,” he said. “Some people have complained about them being distracting when you drive, and that’s happened to me sometimes.”
However, he also said that the signs are good for business.
You can make your opinions known at the meeting or by contacting your local planning commissioner. More information is available at bountifulutah.gov.