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Regulating Feather Signs in Downtown Tacoma
A discussion came up at today’s City Council study session about the possibility of making another change this evening to the Comprehensive Plan/Code amendment - this one relating to “feather signs.”
After some discussion the idea was postponed pending further study, but it sounds like we will hear more on the issue at some point.
We’ve never really thought much about feather signs, and apparently neither has the City of Tacoma - from the sound of it, the tall, somewhat temporary, looking signage that waves in the wind is neither outright allowed or outright banned.
The signs, which Mayor Strickland described as “really unattractive,” and City Manager Broadnax described as possibly more appropriate for the suburbs, can be spotted in a few places around downtown Tacoma, put out by businesses looking to attract passersby.
The initial idea, raised by council members Campbell and Mello was to create an amendment that would temporarily allow the signs - maybe for a year, maybe one for every 50 feet of frontage of a business - while a more permanent code was worked out.
By the conclusion of the conversation, it sounded like the issue would be tabled for this evening, but explored more fully by the Planning Commission, city attorney, etc. Questions to be considered include practicalities like number and size of the signs, as well as how they would fit with A-boards and other street signage in particular, and with the overall feel we want for downtown Tacoma in particular.
The general sentiment seemed to be that the signs are more in keeping with car-oriented development, and not keeping with the pedestrian-oriented development called for in plans for Tacoma’s downtown development.
From the sound of it, the Council is leaning toward phasing out feather signs, but they haven’t answered all their questions yet.
Would you like to see feather signs banned? Or do they not bother you?
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