Coming up with reasonable and enforceable sign codes can often be a complex and controversial process. With so many community stakeholders caring about sign codes, it is important to get the most accurate, up-to-date information and expertise as possible. The seminar will present modules that educate experienced land use planners on the technology within signs, sign code issues, understanding electronic message centers, and the importance of signs to business. In light of the new challenges imposed by the recent Supreme Court Reed ruling, attendees will be presented with important interim and permanent policy changes to bring municipal ordinances into compliance with the Court’s new precedents. Attendees will learn the latest technologies, controls, impacts and regulatory issues involved with on-premise signs. They will learn how sign construction and design is affected by building and electric codes, as well as energy efficiency and lighting science concerns. Attendees will be instructed in the technologies involved in electronic message centers and ways to control their use. Attendees will understand the impacts of well-designed signage on local small business. Finally, participants will be provided with resources available in model on-premise sign codes.
A 90-minute portion of the workshop will focus on a discussion of the recent Reed v. Gilbert case and the implications for municipal attorneys and planners. Specific focus will be placed on short-term analysis of existing ordinances, interim actions that may reduce legal exposure, and long-term solutions that might better classify signs based on the Court’s new precedents. Additional time will be spent discussing the relevant Constitutional principles that underpin sign regulation in general, as well as Texas-specific precedents on issues including amortization and takings. Specific legislation to be discussed include the Highway Beautification Act, the Lanham Trademark Act, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, and the federal-state agreements (between TXDOT and the Federal Highway Administration).
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Buda, TX, United States
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