Mission planning commission approves changes to signage code that could expand window signage, improve enforcement

Window signage like this at the Johnson Drive Popeye's would be permitted throughout the city, not just in the central business district, under the changes. Photo via city of Mission.
Window signage like this at the Johnson Drive Popeye’s would be permitted throughout the city, not just in the central business district, under the changes. Photo via city of Mission.

By Holly Cook

The Mission planning commission this week approved a set of targeted changes to the city’s sign code to address common complaints and make existing codes more enforceable.

According to a staff report, most resident complaints stem from the location and appearance of temporary signs or window signs. Sign inventory showed there are about 200 window and 90 temporary signs throughout the city.

Under the changes temporary signs could be posted for as many as 90 days per year and would require a permit and permit fee, which is not currently required. Non-profits and certain residential zones would be exempt from the permit fee.

The proposed fees would range from $20 to $200 and would be based on the amount of consecutive days a sign was posted.

City Planner Danielle Murray said the temporary sign updates would add “a little extra flexibility” while improving the city’s ability to regulate the signs.

The code updates would also allow window signs to be posted anywhere in Mission, instead of being restricted to the downtown area. Signs could cover up to 50 percent of window surfaces, except those located in the downtown district which are limited to covering 10 percent of window surface.

Not included in recommended changes was a provision that would have eliminated all pole signs in the city by December 2023 through an amortization process. Staff removed that provision after receiving feedback that was neutral or opposed to the change.

Other changes include allowing marquee signs in the downtown district and updating the definition of monument signs.

Commissioner Robin Dukelow made the motion to accept the changes and the motion was seconded by Commissioner Stuart Braden. The vote passed 8-1 with Commissioner Frank Bruce voting against the measure. The recommendations will need to go before the city council for approval before being enacted.