Oak Ridge officials will continue to discuss the the city’s ordinance on electronic signs during a work session this evening.
City officials have been trying to write new regulations for the signs, considering how to govern brightness, display times, and transitions between messages.
But business owners with the signs objected to the initial attempt to do so late last year as well as the process the city used, and the discussion was postponed.
In February, the Oak Ridge Municipal Planning Commission had a public hearing and heard from business owners who call the signs effective and residents who said they are sometimes distracting and offensive. City officials were asked to strike a balance between businesses and the community.
The Planning Commission will continue the discussion during a policy work session at 5:30 p.m. today in the Oak Ridge Municipal Building Training Room.
The existing sign regulations were adopted in 2003, and city officials have said they need to be updated in response to new technologies and marketing trends.