The Kanab Planning and Zoning Commission met on December 17.

After the minutes were approved, the public comment period was opened, with 20-25 persons in attendance.

There were many comments from the business owners in town concerning the proposed changes to the Sign Ordinance.

Colette Cox, President of the Chamber of Commerce, led the group. The Chamber had held at least two meetings and held discussions about the various limits imposed on signage, and the inconsistencies present.

Cox even had taken an online survey on the subject, but no results were shared. She implored the commission to listen to the input from business owners, stating, “Without a clear ordinance, its hard to be fair.”

The three-minute time limit was graciously waived for all, and Cox returned to the podium twice to express her concerns and opinions. Other speakers did likewise. Some speakers directly engaged the commission from the floor.

Mr. Granger, representing Glazier’s Market, spoke specifically about timing on an electronic sign, that is the period-of-time it cycles through one specific flashing message, and how the brightness of this is reduced after a certain time at night.

He went on to criticize the section on pennants and banners, and commercial billboards, murals not exceeding 80 percent of a wall, advertisement signs inside of windows, not to exceed 30 percent of the window, and “home nameplates.”

All these areas needed to be reviewed, refined or eliminated.

Ben Aiken, representing Duke’s and SAMCO, stated the new revised version (the revised version of the ordinance completed by the staff and submitted to the Chamber), was better than the old one and easier to read.

He said, “All signs have a purpose.” His plea was for “A” frame signs, also known as sandwich board signs, that were meant to catch the eye of drivers, but also pedestrians on the sidewalk.

He suggested two sections for defining them as to size allowed and placement. Another of his concerns were signs projecting out from buildings verses flat on the wall signs, that the projection signs were in many ways preferable. He pointed out that 90 percent of his business is from tourists. He also mentioned that there is no uniform system and the city itself should not be exempt.

There were in fact, several comments from speakers about the disparity in signage created and displayed by community groups, art councils, political groups, farmer’s markets, etc. that in most cases violated numerous aspects of the present sign ordinance.

There was also mention of the trees along Center Street interfering with signs and business visibility. The business group generally agreed with these comments, with many voicing their similar concerns.

Adam Rogers, representing his Cedar Post Trading Company, also known as the pawn/gift shop, made several good points stating that his sandwich board works and is well made.

He suggested a rule that all sandwich boards must be taken in at night and zoning of C1, C2 and C3 should all be treated equally, that the city and county should not be exempt and that the city should stop allowing signs to be placed on city property, like the corner in between the museum and Parry Lodge.

Tyler Cornell, representing Denny’s Wigwam and the Iron Horse for Forever Resorts, mentioned his concerns with murals, sandwich boards, the inequality of C1, C2 and C3 zoning.

Francis Battista, of Peekaboo Canyon Wood Fired Kitchen, stated we need “A frame” signs in C1 and there is “a measurable difference to business.”

Ron Thompson, an admitted newcomer to Kanab, offering a fresh insight, stated he had lived many places and Kanab was a great place, but that “feather signs and banners were disgusting” and damaged the look of the town.

Glenn Parrent spoke about his concern for safety in the streets with a lack of crosswalks, many tourist jaywalkers, and the speed of vehicles, large and small, on Kanab City streets. He recommended reducing speed limits and more enforcement.

Commission member Kerry Glover mentioned that his contacts at the UDOT said there were more studies planned, but no new or additional traffic lights were deemed necessary at this time.

On the signage topic, Parrent asked how many signs were enough for a business, stating many have multiple types of signs.

After the public comment period, Mike Reynolds made several statements about the efforts already put forth in the new revision. He also stated that he had seen as many as nine signs go up without permits.

His comments generally reflected a common challenge in Kanab and that is enforcement of any ordinance, the lack of manpower for enforcement and the lack of knowledge of business owners and managers not reading and abiding by the ordinances.

Chairman Chris Heaton then led the group on a paragraph-by-paragraph reading of the ordinance language.

‘This process moved slowly along until about midway through, and Boyd Corry pointed out that they had spent two hours on the subject and they were nowhere near done. He made a motion to table the remainder of the process until another meeting. It was seconded by Ben Clarkson.

Before a vote was taken, Kanab City Attorney Jeff Stott suggested, half in jest, that the revisions be turned over to Collette Cox and the Chamber.

The consensus of the commission was this was a good idea. The vote was taken and was unanimous to table the process of revising the sign ordinance until more concise written input could be gathered from the Chamber.

The meeting continued with the only real action item on the agenda and that was the review, discussion and approval or denial of a site plan sketch by Boyd Corry to develop and build a two-family dwelling on parcel K-118-1414 located at the North East corner of Escalante Dr. and Willow Dr. in a KCR zone. The staff confirmed all was in order.

The motion was made by Donna Huntsman, seconded, and had unanimous approval, with Boyd Corry abstaining.

The last discussion item was the General Plan and the proposed forum presentation on Feb. 4, 2020, now reset to a tentative date of Feb. 18.