BOUNTIFUL, Utah (ABC 4 News) – Several years after creating a moratorium on electronic signs and billboards, the city of Bountiful is taking up the issue once again.
Gordon Holbrook owns Gordon’s CopyPrint. He opened his doors in October 1981 and much like how his business has changed, he’d like the way he advertises to change as well.
“We have a letter board that we physically have to got out and change in good weather or in bad weather,” said Holbrook.
Last year he had plans drawn up to change both signs into electronic billboards on his property, but when he went to go apply for the building permit he was told he couldn’t do it.
Aric Jenson, Bountiful’s Planning and Economic Development Director explained, “Six or seven years ago the city allowed billboards in most commercial zones and essentially we had one bad experience and a lot of complaints so the city council put a moratorium in place.”
That meant electronic billboards weren’t allowed anywhere expect for the heavy commercial area on 500 West.
Holbrook hopes the city council will reconsider their previous ruling and allow all businesses in commercial areas to put up electronic signage on their property.
“We’re not trying to ask for the moon, but we want to be able to advertise and grow our business,” explained Holbrook. “I think it’s good for the city, it’s good for us.”
The Planning Commission will meet again March 19th at 7 pm at City Hall. Members hope to hear from the community at the meeting.