Lexington council members are being asked to adopt sign ordinance amendments and modify certain zone change procedures. Citizens will be able to weigh in on both subjects at separate public hearings on June 27th.
Planning Director Jim Duncan said the alternative zone change process would make Planning Commission action on zone changes final if no opposition is registered with 21 days. Duncan said this change could speed up development in some cases. “If that process can take place in a more efficient manner, then it’s possible that someone buying property could do so at a better financial rate and then start making their next development decisions faster,” said Duncan.
Kathryn Perkins attended last week’s council committee meeting to express concerns about the change. She believes the change leaves out elected officials since, in these cases, council action would not be required. “They’re difficult already for the citizen to maneuver through. I don’t think they need to be made more difficult, nor do I think they need to bypass our elected officials,” noted Perkins.
The sign ordinance changes are based on a Supreme Court ruling which said cities can’t legislate sign content through zoning action.
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