Natchez sign ordinance changes to be discussed

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 16, 2001

Proposed changes to the city’s sign ordinance will be on the agenda when the Natchez Planning Commission meets today at 5 p.m. at council chambers on South Pearl Street.

&uot;We’re proposing major changes in certain areas,&uot; said Gretchen Kuechler, assistant city planner.

Two major changes are in the regulations of temporary signs and in business districts, she said.

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&uot;We’re proposing to create three different kinds of temporary signs – commercial banners, grand opening signs and pennants, and placard signs,&uot; Kuechler said.

The other major change is in kinds of signs allowed in business districts.

The proposed amendments are expected to accomplish the following:

— Add necessary definitions to signs.

— Place restrictions on the number of temporary banners permitted in one location.

— Set permit requirements for grand opening signs.

— Define and place restrictions on placard signs.

— Set a maximum sign structure size which is not currently defined.

— Set size incentives for constructing signs with cohesive, unified appearances.

— Allow additional complex identification signs for multi-tenant complexes.

— Provide size incentives for allowing all businesses in multi-tenant complexes equal sign area.

— Allow more flexibility in the placement of wall signs.

— Increase the allowable size of wall signs.

— Allow additional wall signs on secondary facades.

The Planning Commission will make recommendations on the changes, which then will be referred to the Natchez Board of Aldermen for approval.