New sign rules approved after business review

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

The Frankfort-Franklin County Planning Commission on Thursday voted to amend local sign regulations.

The commission unanimously approved amendments to the Frankfort Zoning Ordinance, after review by the city and county planning staff, local attorney Charlie Jones, and a sign contractor. Jones said, despite some concerns, many business owners in the area have endorsed the changes.

"These are probably more fair and uniform that what was previously recommended," Jones said during the meeting.

Major changes in the plan include signs allocated to land uses instead of properties in specific zoning districts; an increase in the number of definitions; revision to the removal of nonconforming signs; and language specifying how sign area, height and setbacks are determined.

In addition, all signs are to present a "neat and clean" appearance, and any weeds, rubbish or debris must be cleared from signs.

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