It's been nearly a year since the City of Yakima initiated its first moratorium on billboards and now the city is close to drafting a law on the issue.
YAKIMA, WA - It's been nearly a year since the City of Yakima initiated its first moratorium on billboards and now the city is close to drafting a law on the issue.
The City of Yakima is moving forward on a resolution that could ban new billboards and also regulate digital signs around town.
After two 6-month moratoriums and multiple meetings the Yakima Planning Commission is finally in the process of writing a law to send to the city council. The law would ban any new billboards, keep on-premise digital signs to a limit of 40 square feet and regulate brightness levels. All digital signs would have to be static, meaning no moving pictures.
"(We want) to develop a code that is both friendly to our businesses and effective in terms of addressing the safety issues, the aesthetic concerns that some people have," Steve Osguthorpe of the Yakima Planning Commission said. "That's the goal."
The Yakima Planning Commission says two areas around town are the focus for the new law, North First Street and Nob Hill Boulevard.
One property owner on North First Street told me she's worried the city doesn't understand the importance on-premise signs have to local businesses.
The planning commission is presenting a draft resolution on the issue Wednesday. The Yakima City Council will vote on March 18th.