The proposed relaxation of Chandler sign laws to help local businesses during the ongoing economic downturn will be a topic of discussion at Wednesday's Planning & Zoning Commission meeting.
The changes, suggested by Mayor Boyd Dunn, would ease city code governing the size and duration of temporary advertising signs and would allow businesses much more variety in the use of "significant event" banners.
The move would be temporary, according to a report by Kevin Mayo, acting planning manager.
"The proposed code amendment is not intended to be permanent, and in fact includes a sunset date of June 20, 2010, at which point the city can evaluate market conditions in consideration of an extension," Mayo wrote.
City officials have said they hope to hurry the proposals through and implement them before the holiday season to help boost sales this winter. The City Council, which unanimously voted to draft the code amendments last month, is expected to make a decision in mid-October.
The proposed changes would allow the size of model home and open house signs to increase from 4 square feet to 6 square feet, and would increase the maximum number of them from three to four. Real estate signs could increase from 5 feet to 6 feet in height, while the maximum size could increase from 10 square feet to 16 square feet.
The amendments also would permit greater flexibility in the use of "significant event" banners. Right now, the only significant event banner signs that are legal in Chandler - other than by permit for a public event - are for grand openings, officials have said. Under the amendments, businesses could use them for things like special sales, anniversaries, and changes in ownership or management. They could also be displayed for a total of three weeks every six months, up from the two weeks per year that's now allowed.
Tempe and Phoenix have enacted similar measures, officials have said.
Many types of signs still would be banned, including "bandit signs" posted on public property in and around roadways, signs posted on trees and utility poles, most A-frame signs, and anything with flashing lights.