Abilene Planning and Zoning Commission finishes final sections of new sign ordinance

Still no final proposal from P & Z on new Abilene sign ordinance

ABILENE, Texas - Monday, the Planning and Zoning Commission held a special meeting to finish the last two sections of their sign ordinance proposal dealing with free standing and non-conforming signs.

The Planning and Zoning Commission has been working to put a sign ordinance proposal together for months, but many business owners at the meetings have been angry that restrictions may be placed on the types of signs they use.

The proposal would update height and size restrictions on free-standing signs in Abilene. It would also have a plan on how to deal with abandoned signs after a company goes out of business.

"I think we should stick with the regulations that we have already. The regulations are good that we have in place. I don't think we need more regulations," said Sign Pro of Abilene Manager Janelle Dry.

Planning and Zoning Commission member Tim McClarty said the height and size restrictions are meant to protect people who live on residential streets from "large signs with a lot of lights and flashing letters in someone's back window all the time."

The Planning and Zoning Commission did not take a final vote on the new ordinance and said they won't until they look over the final proposal one last time, but some planning and zoning members still aren't happy with what they have put together so far.

"My opinion is that we have we have not really done the citizens of Abilene justice," said McClarty.

The Planning and Zoning Commission has set another special meeting to go over the entire proposal on December 17. McClarty said they plan to have the final proposal in the city council's hands by the end of the year.

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