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Temporary sign use approved in Bristol, Tenn.

September 05, 2012

BRISTOL, Tenn. — Newly opening and reopening city businesses will be able to call attention to their status within the first month they’re open.

The amendment to the zoning ordinance pertaining to temporary signs was voted into effect unanimously during Tuesday night’s Bristol Tennessee City Council meeting, permitting special signage for a new business’ grand opening or for the re-opening of an existing business.

Before the changes, new and reopening businesses could advertise only with traditional temporary sign allowances, such as banners on the building and window signs.

The amendment allows for any advertising sign or device to be used for 30 consecutive days surrounding the opening and reopening of a business, the ordinance says.

A re-opened business can display the signs if there was construction of significant real property improvement, shown by the issuance of a building permit, the ordinance states.

The signs can’t be within 10 feet of the public right-of-way, and there will be no fee to display the signs during that time.

A public hearing was held during Tuesday’s meeting for residents to address the ordinance, but no one spoke up.

The ordinance will take effect by the end of the month.

“We’re just glad to have openings and re-openings in Bristol; it’s quite exciting,” Councilwoman Michelle Doran said.

Other Tuesday activity included:

David Hyde, Rob Nicar and Mark Byington were appointed to the Industrial Development Board and Chris Connolly was appointed to the Parks and Recreation Commission.
The board gave first reading approval to two different ordinances amending the city’s zoning map to designate six parcels of land along the west side of Volunteer Parkway as “general business district” and to designate five acres of land at 120 Maple Tree Drive as a planned residential district.
The city’s synthetic drug ordinance was repealed. The ordinance, which took effect in May, is preempted by new state laws.

“We’re glad to see our state take action and it was great to see the leadership come from this region,” Councilwoman Margaret Feierabend said of the synthetic drug laws.

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