Smith said the board passed a resolution to hire a law firm several months ago for this very reason.
City attorney Guy Gunter said: “It is our plan to submit the ordinance to council for first reading in November. What we’ve tried to do is remove anything that might not be content neutral, such as references to onsite or offsite signs, references to outdoor advertising, and references to outdoor signs. ‘display.
Although these items were removed from the ordinance, Gunter said it would not change all of Opelika’s panel regulations. The Supreme Court authorizes the regulation of signs based on the height, size, characteristics and location of the sign, all of which will be governed by this ordinance.
“Before, if you had a sign, it had to advertise on the company premises and the only thing you could advertise was what was there,” Gunter said. “Now with the new rewrite, they can advertise whatever they want as long as it’s legal. “
Opelika Chamber of Commerce
At the start of the meeting, Ali Rauch, President and CEO of the Opelika Chamber of Commerce, presented an annual report announcing that the Opelika Chamber of Commerce has been upgraded from four star to five star status.
“We’re one of four chambers in the state of Alabama with five-star accreditation status, and we’re in the top 3% nationally,” Rauch said.