Sign Code Open House June 15 - 6-7 p.m.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION ENCOURAGED!
Join us at a community open house on proposed amendments to the city’s sign code.  The city invites you to attend this open house to help shape the future for the display of temporary and permanent signs within Covington. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Everyone! The displaying of signs affects everyone in the community. Residents, businesses, builders, realtors, non-profits, and political organizations, to name a few, all have interest and can provide input on the display of signs within the city. 

WHY IS THE CITY CHANGING THE SIGN CODE
It’s been 15 years since the city made substantial changes to its current sign regulations, and the manner and types of signage we see in our community has changed—so it’s time to look at what needs to be updated to ensure that the signage allowed in the city is what the community wants and is consistent with legal standards. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled on a case that involved the display of temporary signs. Covington adopted an interim sign code in November 2016, following that decision, to ensure the city’s sign regulations were constitutional. The city is beginning the process of adopting a final permanent sign code to replace the interim code, which will include regulations governing both temporary and permanent signs, ensuring they meet the council’s vision, our Comprehensive Plan policies, and the needs of the whole community.

You can also view current sign code information on the city's sign code webpage at http://www.covingtonwa.gov/signcode.php

HOW CAN YOU LEARN MORE AND HELP SHAPE THE NEW SIGN CODE
Attend the community open house from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 15 at Covington City Hall to learn more about the process, ask questions, and find out how you can provide input. The evening agenda will include a short staff presentation starting promptly at 6:00 p.m., followed by the opportunity to engage in informal discussion with city staff and Planning Commission members regarding the display of signs within the city. The open house will be followed by a regular City Planning Commission meeting to discuss other items of business as well as the results of the Open House. 

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?
Contact Community Development Director Richard Hart at 253-480-2441 or rhart@covingtonwa.gov, or Associate Planner Brian Bykonen at 253-480-2448 or bbykonen@covingtonwa.gov.