Glenwood to revisit open house sign amendment |

Glenwood to revisit open house sign amendment

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – City council will revisit the discussion on whether or not to allow real estate open house signs in the public right-of-way, at its regularly scheduled meeting tonight.

The Glenwood Springs Planning and Zoning commission is requesting the city to amend its current municipal code to allow for the addition and regulation of real estate open house signs to be displayed within the public right-of-way.

The commission is recommending several changes to the ordinance including size and placement of open house signs, and time restrictions when the signs can be displayed. It will still be illegal for signs to obstruct any street, sidewalk, recreation path or public snow removal operations. And signs will also have to include labels that indicate the name of the person, firm, and contact number to whom the signs belong.

The changes would allow for no more than two, off-site, directional signs. Those signs would still have to be a minimum of 15 feet from an intersection and would still be prohibited in medians, traffic circles or roundabouts, cul-de-sacs or concrete islands and on utility poles or equipment, public landscape beautification areas, trees, fire hydrants or where sight lines of motorists, or where the safe movement of pedestrians or vehicles, would be impeded.

Any violations of the new requirements would still be subject to fines and confiscation of the signs.

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The towns of Breckenridge and Vail have approved changes to their public right-of-way ordinances permitting agents to post up to three directional open house signs for showings.

According to documents filed with the city, Matt Thompson, a planner with the Breckenridge Community Development Department wrote a letter of support for the change in ordinance.

“While I had reservations about allowing off-premise directional open house signs, I have been pleasantly surprised we have had little problems with the directional open house signs,” Thompson wrote.

The city council meeting starts at 6 p.m.

Other items on the agenda:

• Proposed fencing and landscape wall in the 8th Street right-of-way.

• Consideration of a major development permit and/or special use permits, and variances regarding the construction of the Glenwood Wastewater Treatment Facility.

• Amending a city ordinance to eliminate the retailer collection expense allowance.

• Amending a city code regarding the application fee for right-of-way encroachments.

• Mill levy certification for the 2009 assessment for collection in 2010 for the General Improvement District.

• Discussion and/or action regarding mill levy certification and providing a temporary tax credit.

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