Planners Approve New Ojai Sign Law

By Linda Harmon

Outdoor business displays are effective ways for merchants to invite potential customers into their shops and are one step closer to being easier to set up in the city of Ojai.  Shortly after voting in Susan Weaver as 2009 chair at Wednesday’s meeting, the Ojai Planning Commission approved proposed general standards for outdoor merchandise displays drawn up by a committee of merchants and city representatives. Such displays have historically been prohibited in the city, but when recently adopted sign regulations amended language in the regulations that would allow for outdoor displays, a need for specified standards came up. The Planning Commission requested last autumn that a merchant-based plan be brought back to them. Merchants can obtain conditional use permits for certain outdoor displays that adhere to city regulations regarding dimensions that allow for walkway clearance, but city planner Katrina Rice Schmidt reported that the committee examined a

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