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Commissioners voted 4 to 1 to ask staff for more information on regulations to allow a digital billboard in East Truckee canyon, being pushed by Commissioner Hartung. Commissioners had the option of eliminating draft codes allowing the digital billboard. Commissioner Jung voted against the motion because she wanted to end it yesterday. Thanks to Commissioner Jung and Washoe Dems Chair Janice Flanagan, (who spoke yesterday), for their support to save Washoe County from digital billboards. Shout out to Commission Chair Berkbigler for supporting a long standing county policy to prohibit billboards. Staff was asked to bring back more options to minimize billboard sizes and to define billboards properly in the draft sign code under review. Once defined in code they can be prohibited. Without that definition, anyone can post anything they want on a permitted sign and change it regularly, i.e. a billboard. Is there still hope? Not sure, but we'll keep posting. Look for an email with more meeting detail.
Good news is the Washoe County Planning Commission tonight agreed to postpone a decision on the county sign code update. It was also confirmed at the meeting that the Washoe County Board of Commissioners will discuss the proposed draft at their meeting April 28. We're hoping the Board gives staff new direction that would eliminate the possibility of new billboards and digital billboards in the county. They've been prohibited for the past 13 years and we want the new draft to continue a ban on new billboards.
UPDATE: The Washoe County draft sign code has some real problems from our point of view. We think the new regs will allow billboards within the county for the first time in 13 years, if passed as is. We're talking to County Commissioners and as a result county staff won't recommend approval, but will ask for a postponement at the county planning commission meeting Tuesday. It's always good news when public officials take a second look.
In a unanimous decision tonight the Reno City Council voted to deny the 71-foot-tall digital sign proposed for Summit Sierra mall in scenic south Reno! Thanks to the city council especially Council Members Naomi Duerr and Jenny Brekhus for their thoughtful comments, great questions and leadership. Thanks also to all of the community members, county and city residents, who attended and for those who spoke so eloquently on behalf of protecting scenic beauty, dark skies, community character, the Mt. Rose Scenic Byway and preserving the area from digital signs. Great day for Reno.