SOUTH BEND - On Tuesday, June 16, a Planning Commission meeting was held at the South Bend City Hall pertaining to the recent sign ordinances that have been in question since multiple businesses in South Bend were served cease and desist orders.
"What we have here is a draft of a new ordinance that the City of South Bend is looking to adopt," said Wyatt Kuiken of the Planing Commission.
The meeting was centered around figuring out what words would work in the ordinance, and members from businesses involved were present in the public.
"I have one question, the prohibited signs and involved zones; it says 60 miles an hour. I don't have a problem with the numbers but I just wanted to know where we got this number. I'm wondering if there's any other language that we can use besides '60 mph'," said Dale Little of the Planning Commission.
"I think a lot of this ordinance was pulled straight from our friends down the road (in Raymond)." said City Supervisor Dennis Houk.
After some discussion and some ideas the commission came to the conclusion that the wordage for the phrase should be less specific, because no studies have been done on the forces of the wind in South Bend. "Would it be better if we said 'at least' 60 miles?" said Little.
"It's an arbitrary number," the man said, "Rather than a number, say usual winds that we can expect at any time in this area."
After this idea, the commission came to an agreement on that wordage. The commission then decided to categorize the signs in question and tell what the stipulations were on each type of sign. The specific question was what are the laws on "fluttering and inflatable" signs. The commission came to the conclusion that any sign that is considered to be fluttering or inflatable cannot be 20-feet in height, or 8-feet in width.
After the commission determined what the laws on the signage in question were, they approved it and it will now be sent to the South Bend City Council to consider, at the council meeting of June 22.