Fort Lupton leans toward sign enforcement moratorium

Steve Smith
Posted 9/14/21

Fort Lupton City Council encouraged a moratorium on new parts of the city's sign code ordinances during a Sept. 14 study session.

Several business owners complained about unfair enforcement of the …

This item is available in full to subscribers.

Please log in to continue

Username
Password
Log in

Don't have an ID?


Print subscribers

If you're a print subscriber, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one.

Non-subscribers

Click here to see your options for becoming a subscriber.

If you made a voluntary contribution in 2020-2021, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one at no additional charge. VIP Digital Access includes access to all websites and online content.


Our print publications are advertiser supported. For those wishing to access our content online, we have implemented a small charge so we may continue to provide our valued readers and community with unique, high quality local content. Thank you for supporting your local newspaper.

Fort Lupton leans toward sign enforcement moratorium

Posted

Fort Lupton City Council encouraged a moratorium on new parts of the city's sign code ordinances during a Sept. 14 study session.
Council made no decision, though. It can't make decisions during study sessions.
Several business owners complained about unfair enforcement of the sign code. The chief complaint pertained to temporary signs, such as those saying a firm was open or that it was looking for employees, especially as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
Wholly Stromboli Owner Melissa Rickman said businesses want to work within the rules.
"We want to work to grow the community and encourage businesses to be successful," she said. "A site plan (for her new signs) is a low priority for me right now. Some businesses, like Rachel's (Santiago's Restaurant) have been through a hell of a lot the last year. We have a long road to hoe before we are whole."
Dale's Pharmacy Owner Huey Dong said the signs were more permanent, whereas banners were temporary in nature and designed to help out potential customers.
"This new rule means we have to spend a lot of time and money that we don't have a lot of," Dong said. "Maybe there's a middle ground. We should be trying to unite businesses and the city. To make us go through the whole procedure is overkill."
"I'd say so," said Councilman Tommy Holton.
A representative from the Vincent Village subdivision admitted two signs on his property -- dealing with dumping paint cans on his property -- were out of compliance with code. He told council people don't want to pay the money it costs to take the items to the county landfill in Erie.
"Temporary signs are important for these businesses," Mayor Zo Stieber said. "We allow garage sale signs on torn-up cardboard on street corners all over town. But we won't allow temporary signs for our businesses? That's ridiculous."
Fort Lupton planner Todd Hodges said the city was working to improve the code by making it more flexible.
"The sign code is irritating," Hodges said. "We know the sign code isn't perfect. We do have the ability to do temporary signs. The key is to make sure they are appropriate signs."

Comments

Our Papers

Ad blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an ad blocking plugin in your browser.

The revenue we receive from our advertisers helps make this site possible. We request you whitelist our site.