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<br />e <br /> <br />D. Approval of findings and recommendations of Hearings Official and <br />Approval of Improvement Project (Sanitary Sewers in Byron Avenue) <br /> <br />Ms. Schue moved, seconded by Mr. Holmer, to approve the items <br />on the City Council Consent Calendar. Roll call vote; the <br />motion carried unanimously, 6:0. <br /> <br />IV. PUBLIC HEARING: SIGN CODE ORDINANCE REVISIONS <br /> <br />City Manager Mike Gleason introduced the topic. Gary Chenkin, Planning and <br />Development Department, gave the staff report. On June 27, 1988, the council <br />adopted an interim sign code. At that time, the council also directed staff <br />and the Planning Commission to prepare a revised, permanent sign code. The <br />comprehensive, updated draft code before the council was the result of a <br />thorough and lengthy process that included public forums and several Planning <br />Commission public hearings and work sessions. The two items that have drawn <br />the most attention have to do with billboards and their spacing and reduction <br />in size; and the removal or amortization of signs. <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />Planning Commissioner Nancy Nathanson reported that the Planning Commission <br />considers the proposed ordinance a balanced, compromise proposal that <br />simplifies the Sign Code and makes it easier to apply, allows more <br />flexibility, is fair to business, and demonstrates regard for community <br />appearance. She strongly recommended council adoption of the proposal. <br /> <br />Responding to Mr. Rutan's request for clarification of the council's initial <br />direction to the Planning Commission, Ms. Nathanson reported that a May 10, <br />1989, project description prepared by the lane Council of Governments and the <br />City's Building Division described the revision of the Sign Code as being to <br />clarify, update in light of State court requirements and new technology, and <br />streamline regulations and permit processes. <br /> <br />Mr. Rutan asked staff to provide more specific information on the council's <br />direction to staff. <br /> <br />Referring to the recent issue of tree-cutting within the urban growth <br />boundary, Ms. Ehrman stressed the importance of coordination between the City <br />and County. Mr. Chenkin informed the council that if the revised code is <br />adopted, it will become part of the City's zoning ordinance and then will be <br />adopted by the County according to the urban transition agreement. <br /> <br />Mayor Miller opened the public hearing. <br /> <br />Gerald McDonnell, 2672 Baker Boulevard, identified himself as an architect <br />and spoke in support of the proposed Sign Code revision. He considered the <br />inclusion of the Sign Code in the zoning ordinance appropriate and applauded <br />the language of the proposed amendments for being comprehensible as well as <br />comprehensive. Mr. McDonnell said the reduction of billboard clutter and <br /> <br />e <br /> <br />MINUTES--Eugene City Council <br /> <br />May 14, 1990 <br /> <br />Page 2 <br />