first_imgChanges Could Come to Evansville Electronic Message Sign Ordinanceby CHELSEA KOERBLERThe Evansville Area Plan Commission is making it a bit easier for some places in Evansville to have electronic message signs.The amendment to the city zoning code will eliminate a few steps in the process if city council gives the ‘ok.’“What we try to do is make the permitting process a little bit easier,” said Ron London, Evansville Area Plan Commissioner.Churches, schools and hospitals are considered special use groups.Under the current ordinance these groups would have to go through many steps to get approval for an electronic message sign to be allowed on their property.“They would have to go through the rezoning process, they would have to go through the area plan commission and then through city council,” said London. “And then they would have to go through the board of zoning appeals to get the special use approve for the electronic message board.”With the amendment approved by the area plan commission, those groups will only have to go to the board of zoning appeals to get it approved.The board also put a restriction of three seconds on the amount of time between messages on signs smaller than 12 inches in overall height.“We wanted to make sure there was enough time between messages where it wouldn’t come out to be more of a flashing sign,” said London.The amendment will have to pass city council before it’s in the books.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

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