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CM 2017-018 <br /> c � cA <br /> 41(Cn <br /> Chino Hills MEMORANDUM <br /> DATE: February 22, 2017 <br /> TO: Honorable Mayor and City Coulcil <br /> .`ori <br /> 41, <br /> FROM: Konradt Bartlam, City Maria. -r.�� <br /> RE: PLANNING COMMISSION AC ION REGARDING AGENDA ITEM 7A — <br /> SIGN ORDINANCE UPDATE 17MCA02 <br /> At their meeting on February 21, 2017, the Planning Commission (Commission) <br /> considered the Sign Ordinance update 17MCA02. The update addresses both permanent <br /> and temporary signs, including temporary real estate signs. Because three of the five <br /> Commissioners hold current realtor licenses, the Assistant City Attorney stated that two <br /> of the three licensed Commissioners would need to recuse themselves on real estate sign <br /> Code issues to avoid potential conflicts of interest. A third licensed Commissioner would <br /> be required to participate in the public hearing process to maintain a quorum. The <br /> Assistant City Attorney conducted a random draw straw and Commissioner Romero was <br /> selected to participate on the real estate sign discussion. Commissioners Eliason and <br /> Voigt, the other two licensed realtors, recused themselves during the real estate sign <br /> discussions. <br /> The staff presentation and the public hearing were conducted in two parts to separate <br /> the realtor sign issues from the other sign Code issues. During the public hearing on the <br /> real estate signs, a representative for the Pacific West Association of Realtors and five <br /> local realtors expressed their desire to place open house signs in the public right-of-way. <br /> The three participating Commissioners (Romero, Larson and Stover) voted to <br /> recommend to the City Council approval of Code sections related to real estate signs <br /> placed on property that is for sale or lease, and to continue off calendar the sign code <br /> provisions related to open house signs to allow staff to work with the local realtors on <br /> provisions that allow for open house signs on public rights-of-way. <br /> During the public hearing on the balance of the Sign Ordinance update, the full <br /> Commission participated and asked questions regarding window signs, flashing signs, <br /> freeway-oriented signs and billboards. The Commission expressed support for the sign <br /> Code provisions to require business identification signage in the modern Latin alphabet, <br /> noting that the provisions would assist with emergency services. The Commission voted <br /> to recommend approval of the balance of the Sign Ordinance Update to Council. The <br /> Sign Ordinance provisions recommended for approval by the Commission will be brought <br /> to City Council in March. <br /> KB:JL:ssr <br />