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Campaign sign issue to be studied
by TOM BUSSELBERG
May 28, 2014 | 1018 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Election campaign signs in Davis County - file
Election campaign signs in Davis County - file
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BOUNTIFUL — After three decades, Bountiful’s campaign sign ordinance is due to get a review.

The city council was due to consider the issue as part of its workshop Tuesday evening, prior to city council meeting.

Among issues the council could look at: prohibition of placing campaign signs on city property, including public right-of-way on park strips; maximum size of 16 square feet, not more than five feet above ground unless attached to a structure; no roof placement.

City Attorney Russell Mahan noted that the city’s recent approval of a new Land Use Ordinance allowed for signs only 12 square feet in single family residential zones, but 24 square feet in multi-family zones. Signs also can be more than five feet above ground and placed on roofs.

No limit has been set on how many signs can be placed on a single property, Mahan said.

“The city council can allow campaign signs on its property, or not, as it deems best,” he said in material prepared for the council.

Mahan added that “this is subject to free speech limitations, such as the content of political signs cannot be regulated, nor can the length of time a sign is up be limited.”

The State of Utah prohibits signs on its property. Regulations on signs in park strips vary widely from city to city, he said.

Emphasizing it is only a “discussion item,” Mahan asked the council to provide direction on if the sign code should be amended, and in what way.

There would be no cost for the city, no matter how the ordinance might be changed. It also could have impacts on code enforcement, Mahan said. 

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