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Kingman zoners to revisit sign code

The city's Planning and Zoning Commission plans to consider two zoning ordinance text amendments - one regarding the sign code and the other regarding separability - at today's meeting.

With Senate Bill 2500's mandate that political and ideological signs be allowed in public rights-of-way, the city passed a compliance-based ordinance reflecting the state mandate. It also created two tourism, resort and hotel sign-free zones in response.

It has since been discovered that the definitions of political and ideological signs within the sign code had not been changed to reflect the city's sign ordinance. According to the agenda, the definitions include old regulatory language in need of a move.

Staff proposed revised definitions that do not include regulations regarding political and ideological signs, as those definitions can already be found in another subsection.

It's basically a house-cleaning amendment, which will eliminate redundancy and confusion. All political and ideological sign definitions and regulations would be found in one place within the sign code: 25.400 Temporary Signs.

Likewise, the penalties section of Kingman's zoning ordinance is limited when compared to the Kingman code, which is used by the Kingman Police Department.

The city attorney's office has recommended deleting the monetary and jail time stipulations within the zoning ordinance's section 32.100 Penalties, and adding language that refers people to sections 1-8 within the Kingman code.

Since violation of Kingman's zoning ordinance is considered a class one misdemeanor, it makes sense to refer people to the section of Kingman code that deals with misdemeanor penalties.

This, too, is a housekeeping item, which should provide clarity and reduce redundancy.

Lastly, the commission will set a date, time and place for its annual luncheon.

The Planning and Zoning Commission meets at 6 Tuesday at 310 N. Fourth St.

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