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Eagle Mountain temporarily changes sign ordinance

Eagle Mountain will temporarily allow the use of model home, real estate open house and subdivision project signs. Photo courtesy iStockphoto.

Homebuilders, homeowners and residential developers will be permitted to place temporary signs for model homes, real estate open houses and subdivision projects in Eagle Mountain for a period of four months.  

Builders, realtors and developers approached the City Council in May asking for a change in the sign ordinance, according to an Eagle Mountain Planning Commission staff report.  Due to the current state of the economy, home sales have been difficult in the area, and the group felt that temporary accommodations for directional signage would be helpful in improving business.
Eagle Mountain City Council approved the temporary ordinance, which goes into effect Wednesday, June 3, in order “to assist homebuilders, homeowners and developers in selling homes and lots during this difficult economic time,” according to the staff report.
Builders will be permitted two A-frame model home signs per subdivision of no more than 4 square feet, with one sign allowed in the park strip adjacent to the model home and one permitted in the park strip nearest the closest major street corner.
One A-frame open house sign of no more than 4 square feet will be allowedin the park strip of the nearest street corner for real estate open houses. These signs are limited to being posted one day per week, with balloons and streamers prohibited.
One off-premise project sign is permitted per subdivision and may be located off-site on private property within 500 feet of the subdivision. The sign must be no larger than 32 square feet with a maximum height of 8 feet.
The temporary sign ordinance will be effective until Oct. 3, 2009.
The City Council hopes the temporary ordinance will encourage real estate business within the city.
“The city understands the difficult economic situations, understands the importance of keeping businesses afloat in Eagle Mountain, including homebuilders, but also desires to promote the purpose of the current sign regulations chapter of the code, maintaining functional and attractive streetscapes,” the report stated. “While the streets would be more attractive without these temporary signs, they are limited to street corners only and will be allowed only during this four-month time period to help boost home and lots sales.”

The original ordinance allowed model homes one on-premise sign and a maximum of six flags. Directional ladder signs were the only off-premise signage permitted for model homes.