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Marion approves sign changes

Staff writer

A year and a half after a Marion business owner’s sign provoked intense discussion of city code, city council members voted Monday to approve change to the code.

Regulations regarding downtown signs became a hot topic a year and a half ago when business owner Chelsea Mackey had a perpendicular sign mounted over the sidewalk on her business, Dawn’s Day Spa, which since has folded.

The sign violated city zoning for the downtown area.

Changes made Monday include:

  • Allowing signs to hang over the street but limiting their size to one square foot for each foot of length of the building’s frontage.
  • Allowing portable sandwich signs in front of stores during business hours. Signs may be up to 36 inches by 24 inches but must not impede natural flow of traffic and compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act. A $10 permit is required.
  • All new signs will be presented to the planning commission for review before approval.
  • If a building is part of the National Register of Historic Places or the Kansas Register of Historic Places, the historical society’s regulations must be followed.
  • If a request is denied, the business may appeal to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Last modified Nov. 30, 2023