Moratorium considered on bright signs

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19034 U.S. 169, Milaca, MN

 

Dynamic signs like the one at Frontier Steak House are not regulated by the city’s zoning code. The Princeton Planning Commission will take a look at the signs in the new year.

Dynamic signs like the one at Frontier Steak House are not regulated by the city’s zoning code. The Princeton Planning Commission will take a look at the signs in the new year.

Colorful electronic signs could be banned in Princeton if the council passes a proposed moratorium on dynamic signs at its January meeting.

The Princeton City Council approved a first reading of an ordinance establishing a moratorium on the signs at its Thursday, Dec. 26 meeting.

On Dec. 16 the Princeton Planning Commission recommended a moratorium on the signs. The commission had some concerns about brightness levels of the signs, said City Administrator Mark Karnowski.

Currently there is no reference to dynamic signs in the city’s zoning ordinance, Karnowski said.

“Right now they’re not covered,” said Karnowski, who referenced signs at Frontier Steak House and the newly opened Neighbors on the Rum as businesses that have signs that the commission is concerned about.

The city is seeking the moratorium until the commission can approve an ordinance regulating the signs and then have it approved by the Princeton City Council.

Community Development Director Carie Fuhrman, in a memo to the City Council, stated that several requests have been made for the signs.

“The Planning Commission feels it is pertinent to study these signs further and establish regulations in order to address public safety and aesthetic concerns,” Fuhrman stated.

There are five areas of concern that the commission will investigate as it studies the dynamic sign issue, Fuhnman said. They include:

n Not allowing dynamic signs within certain zoning districts.

n Requiring review of any sign proposal by the planning commission.

n Prohibiting flashing signs.

n Limiting illumination and establishing brightness standards.

n Limiting the number of times a sign can change its message in a given period of time.

  • Resident

    With the way business is “booming” in downtown Princeton, one would think you would allow the businesses that have managed to exist here do what it takes to draw a customer.

    • BizOwner

      As a small business owner in downtown Princeton. I completely agree with Residents comment. I have found that the residents of Princeton are very supportive of local businesses. However, the City Council is not so supportive. Several times I have considered relocating my business to a town that has a “business friendly” City Council.

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