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Oppose the Sign Code - South Salt Lake

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The Planning Commission of South Salt Lake is meeting on Thursday, November 19th to hear public comment on a dramatic change to the sign code in South Salt Lake. It would be important that the Planning Commission hears your voice in opposition to this.

Please sign this petition, include your name and your organization, and add your comments to oppose the code.

OVERVIEW: The proposed draft sign ordinance will result in most signs in the South Salt Lake to become "non-conforming". The proposed draft sign code will make all of the approximately 340 pole signs in the city non-conforming. In addition, most every other sign in the city will be non-conforming due to the proposed unreasonable illumination regulations. This will require businesses and other organizations to replace these signs. This will place an onerous financial burden on many businesses and others in the City of South Salt Lake. During these challenging times is the wrong time to be placing burdens on the entire business community in South Salt Lake.

Therefore, due to the serious issues noted we request that the Planning Commission NOT approve this proposed draft code and refer this code back to staff to work with the community, and stakeholders for a more balanced sign code.

SUMMARY of Issues with the Proposed South Salt Lake draft sign code:

[A] The proposed sign code draft will render most signs in South Salt Lake, from ground signs to wall signs, to become non-conforming. The proposed draft code will result in approximately 340 illuminated pole signs to become non-conforming. The City needs to fully understand the fiscal impacts that this draft code will have on the business community and others that will be required to install new signs and signs that are dramatically smaller. This will place an undue hardship on the business community and other sign users.

[B] The proposed ban on pole signs is not supportive of the business community. The costs to replace a pole sign with a very small monument sign will place an undue hardship on the business community. It is unfair for a new business, or business that is updated, since the proposed code will create a huge disparity in signs between adjacent uses.

[C] The proposed restrictive illumination standards in 17.08.100 - General Provisions, K. Illumination 5, also render almost every sign in South Salt Lake non-conforming. This will make the signs not bright enough to be seen adequately when it is dark. This will place an undue hardship on the business community and other sign users.

[D] Due to the drastic changes that are proposed in this draft code and the apparent lack of stakeholder involvement, a reasonable balance of various interests are not represented in this draft ordinance.

[E] The draft code proposes to severely restrict electronic message centers. This is a time when businesses and other entities need additional flexibility in messaging to be able to quickly and effectively communicate changes in operations or services.

We would like to voice our opposition to this before it is presented to City Council for ratification.

Talking points and letter from the International Sign Association: LINK


Link to the agenda for November 19th:

To join the Zoom meeting for the Planning Commission:

Date: Thursday, November 19th, 7:00 P.M.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Passcode: 496128

You can join the meeting by phone:

Dial: US: +1 312 626 6799 Passcode: 496128

REACH OUT DIRECTLY: Reach out directly to the South Salt Lake City Planning Commission Members prior to the meeting to voice your opposition:


Laura Vernon
Commission Chair

Jeremy Carter

Christy Dahlberg

Chad Ewell

Stacey Holscher

George Pechmann

Susan Dickstein

Mary Anna Southey


Mayor Cheri Wood



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