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    A text amendment proposed by Pima County to update Chapter 18.79 Sign Standards to align with a Supreme Court Ruling to remove sign content, to improve the clarity of the standards, to reflect current sign technology and trends, to encourage good sign design, and to protect dark skies and scenic values.  Currently in process, staff is working with interested parties such as major sign companies, neighborhood groups, developers and developer groups, astronomy observatories, and others to create a balanced text amendment to present to the Commission.  Since it was last updated in 1985, it is likely that Ch. 18.79 will be almost completely revised, the number of sign types reduced, regulations based on sign content removed (per the court ruling), the standards and format simplified, and the code updated to reflect current technology and trends.  The City of Tucson and the Towns of Sahuarita and Marana have revised their sign codes.  A draft of the sign standards update text amendment for review and comment by interested parties should be available in November, 2019.  The text amendment is tentatively scheduled to be heard by the Planning and Zoning Commission at a public hearing in early spring, 2020.



     The text amendment will expand the structure square footage limitation for Conditional Use permits in two rural zones; allow additional commercial uses in the TR zone other than professional and semi-professional offices; once again allow single family detached dwellings in the CB-2 zone; reduce the required setbacks in the CR-3 Single Residence zone and revise the Scope section of Temporary use permits.  The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of The Economic Opportunity Expansion Omnibus text amendment at their September 25, 2019 hearing and will heard by the Board of Supervisors on November 19, 2019.

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