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  • Proposed Text Amendments


    A text amendment proposed by Pima County to update Chapter 18.79 Sign Standards to align with a Supreme Court Ruling to remove sign content, to improve the clarity of the standards, to reflect current sign technology and trends, to encourage good sign design, and to protect dark skies and scenic values.  Currently in process, staff is working with interested parties such as major sign companies, neighborhood groups, developers and developer groups, astronomy observatories, and others to create a balanced text amendment to present to the Commission.  Since it was last updated in 1985, it is likely that Ch. 18.79 will be almost completely revised, the number of sign types reduced, regulations based on sign content removed (per the court ruling), the standards and format simplified, and the code updated to reflect current technology and trends.  The City of Tucson and the Towns of Sahuarita and Marana have revised their sign codes.  The text amendment is tentatively scheduled to be heard by the Planning and Zoning Commission at a public hearing by the end of  2020.  Draft 1 of the Pima County sign code update (Ch. 18.79 Sign Standards) is available for public review.  Please note that once approved through the public hearing process, a revised set of regulations would likely replace the existing sign code in its entirety. 

    If you have comments on DRAFT 1, please either submit written comments or schedule a meeting with staff to discuss your comments.  Staff would like to have these initial comments submitted by Wednesday, April 15, 2020.  Your comments can be specific or general in nature.  After all stakeholder comments have been received, an updated sign code draft will be available for additional review and comment.

    To schedule a meeting, please contact one of the following staff:      Janet Emel (available Monday & Tuesday)

                                                                                                                                Tom Drzazgowski

    Written comments can be emailed to Janet Emel - Janet.Emel@pima.gov

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