Planning Commission reviews sign regulations for constitutionality

The Derby Planning Commission began its review of the city’s sign regulations last week, asking questions of City Planner Cody Bird and City Attorney Jacque Butler.
The city’s sign regulations were up for review after a Supreme Court decision over the summer made sweeping opinions on content neutrality of signs. In short, signs could no longer be treated differently based on their messages.
“If you have to read the content of the sign to enforce your regulations, it’s going to be held unconstitutional, if it’s challenged,” Bird told Commissioners during a workshop last month. “Really, you’re looking at all signs being treated equally.”
Commissioners were given background information on the Supreme Court case out of Gilbert, Arizona during the workshop. They couldn’t discuss Derby’s regulations because of the requirement of a public hearing on changes to zoning regulations.

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