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Posted: Thursday, November 30, 2006 5:28 am | Updated: 4:28 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Scottsdale has scheduled two public meetings and created an e-mail address to allow residents to comment on a proposal to ban political signs on public property.

The open houses are set for 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Scottsdale’s Water Campus, 8787 E. Hualapai Drive and Dec. 7 at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road.

Residents can also e-mail comments to signs@scottsdaleaz.gov.

The proposed revisions to the sign code would prohibit temporary signs, such as political campaign signs, from being placed on public property and in public rights-ofway. The changes could also restrict the location and size of temporary signs, including political signs, placed on private property.

Scottsdale Councilman Ron McCullagh raised the issue at a September council meeting, shortly after the primary election when street corners were filled with campaign signs. McCullagh, who did not use campaign signs during his election, said it was mostly an aesthetic but also a safety issue.

The council voted unanimously to hold public meetings on the subject. The council had considered banning signs on public property in 2002 and 2004, but never voted to do so. The Planning Commission is tentatively scheduled to review the proposal in January, with the Scottsdale City Council voting in March.

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