City planning board’s meeting cancelled
Off-premises advertising rules that drew questions from the Henderson City Council a week ago could not be placed on the agenda for the Henderson Planning Board in time for Monday’s scheduled meeting.
With no other matters for conducting a meeting, no meeting was held.
Because the planning board did not respond to the questions on Monday, a scheduled Nov. 26 work session discussion on the matter has been delayed. Council members had wanted to review planning board responses at that time.
At issue is proposed changes to rules that generally restrict off-premises advertising for businesses. The changes would allow company logos on signs in acknowledgment of their partnership with city projects.
The planning board is scheduled to meet on Dec. 2, seven days before the City Council’s agreed date to resume the public hearing that they continued last week on the matter.
There is a 10-day requirement to publish regularly-scheduled meeting agendas for public business entities such as the planning board. The sign rules discussion could not be scheduled in the required timely manner, according to Henderson Planning Director Erris Dunston.
There is no statutory requirement for the City Council to advertise the date for resuming their public hearing. North Carolina law allows public hearings to be continued by way of an announcement during the original scheduled public hearing.
City Council members last week asked questions about the details of the sign rule changes, such as whether there would be limits on sign size and how long the signs would be allowed to remain posted.
Also at issue is sign type, any uniform limitations, where authority on the decisions is vested on a case-by-case basis and if there can be assurances that the process would be fair.
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