The second readings of three ordinances regarding city code for retail signs was addressed by the Pella City Council at this week’s meeting. An ordinance proposing limitations on the duration that banner signs can be on display was approved with little resistance, but a healthy debate was held on ordinances that would regulate the lighting of signs and on window signs in multi-tenant buildings such as strip malls.
Pella City Administrator Mike Nardini says overall, the Community Development Committee’s guidelines have help make Pella unique, but says there’s also a natural resistance to regulation.
“Personally, I think it’s a good thing that the community has design standards for our buildings. I think that’s one of the things that makes Pella different and distinctive, and makes Pella special,” said Nardini. “I think generally that the aesthetics and the appearance around the community is a good thing, but there’s always that fine line when you get down to talking about some regulations and whether its a good thing for the community or if it’s viewed as over-regulation.”
Ultimately, the second reading of the ordinance on lighting passed, but the ordinance regulating window signs died after the council came to a 3-to-3 vote on the matter. The remaining two ordinances will come up for a third and final reading at the next Pella City Council meeting, on April 20th.