Chamber Business Breakfast Features Talk On County’s New Proposed Sign Code Thursday March 15

CHAMBER News:

The next Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce Business Breakfast is 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, March 15 at UNM-Los Alamos, Building 2, Room 230.

Los Alamos County Planning ManagerTamara Baer will present the County’s new proposed Sign Code, with a focus on how it may affect the business community.

Revisions to the County Sign Code were prompted by a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision clarifying the requirement for content neutrality in the regulation of speech, including signage. The new sign code complies with this requirement, while still regulating the size, material, time, place, and manner of display of signage. The main structural difference, as proposed, is that signs will now be separated into Permanent and Temporary signs. Regulation will continue to be based on “Sign Areas” as currently exist.

According to County sources, the revisions simplify the organization and the specifics of sign regulation, as well as simplifying the permitting process. Removal of many of the previously regulated sign categories, which were content specific, deletion of outdated graphics, and removal of much of the former content that legally may not be regulated, has resulted in a significantly shorter and simpler sign code.

The Business Breakfasts are sponsored by the LANL CPO’s office and attendance at the breakfasts is a benefit of Chamber Membership. Members may register on the Chamber website events page www.losalamoschamber.com/events.

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is a program of the Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation, a private, not-for-profit economic and community development organization serving the Los Alamos area since 1983. LACDC serves as the umbrella organization for the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos MainStreet, Discover Los Alamos, Los Alamos Small Business Center, Los Alamos Research Park and projectY cowork Los Alamos.

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