Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 2:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. CDT
Location: Great Hall B
Cost: Included in Registration
Activity Type: Deep Dive Sessions
Activity ID: NPC189006
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN
- How to summarize and discuss the evolution of sign code regulations (nationally)
- How to use relevant case law and ramifications of Reed vs. the Town of Gilbert to better determine whether a local sign-code update is necessary
- How to draft or recommend content-neutral sign regulations
MORE SESSION DETAILS
Municipalities across the nation continue to grapple with the local planning impacts of Reed v. Town of Gilbert, questioning whether or not to amend their sign codes or wait for further clarification from new sign-case rulings. Concerns remain about amendments going too far, or not far enough. Similarly, confronting sticky issues like temporary and off-premise signage can present pitfalls for municipalities unfamiliar with the zoning, signage, and legal implications of their decision-making. In this session, participants will be presented with a lively zoning background and case-law history relevant to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Reed v. Gilbert, followed by two recent, successful Louisiana case studies of comprehensive, content-neutral sign-code amendments. Case studies will provide local planning and zoning context for Baton Rouge (population about 220,000) and St. John the Baptist Parish (population over 43,000). Participants will learn how planning directors approached updating their codes, what resources they used, how they cultivated civic participation in the planning process, and how they had the difficult discussions with both elected officials and the general public.
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