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Chandler sign restrictions,
construction eased for holidays
by Miriam Van Scott
City offi cials are implementing temporary signage
and construction policies to assist Chandler businesses
during the holiday shopping season. Measures include
easing restrictions on promotional signs, allowing use
of “infl atables” to promote special sales and keeping
traffi c fl owing through the historic downtown district.
“Our downtown streets are free of construction, and
we have no plans to perform any roadwork downtown
through the end of the year,” says Chandler Public
STSN photo by Gordon Murray
Information Offi cer Jim Phipps.
NEW SIGN POLICY: Special event signs to attract attention
The goal is to make the district more appealing by are now part of the new temporary sign policy for the City of
easing congestion and alleviating parking problems
Chandler.
for those patronizing shops, restaurants and galleries
downtown.
“Crews have been working since February to
The Chandler City Council recently voted to relax
widen Germann Road to three lanes in each direction
STSN photo by Gordon Murray
restrictions on the size, type and duration of signs that
between Germann and Queen Creek,” reports Phipps.
SIGN OF THE TIMES: Restrictions on vinyl banners and other signs
can be displayed for events like sales, open houses and
in the City of Chandler have been relaxed during the holiday
“Barricades will be removed by Thanksgiving week.”
grand openings.
season.
Nearby, the widening of McQueen Road continues
“We wanted to liberalize our sign code, particularly
between Queen Creek and Ocotillo. The project is
special events signage,” says Chandler Assistant City the updated sign code will be made permanent before
expected to be completed late next spring. McQueen
Manager Pat McDermott. “The economy is tough, and the rules expire in June.
Road will be closed at Appleby Road through Dec. 23.
we wanted to do what we can to help boost sales.” “We’ll revisit this policy and fi ne tune it over the
“The Consolidated Canal crosses McQueen Road
Before the new rules, which will be in place next few months,” he says. “We hope to hear from
north of Appleby Road,” notes Phipps. “The closure
through June 2010, there was nothing in Chandler’s businesses and the community if this new policy is too
will enable the concrete bridge over the canal to be
code addressing so-called “special event” signs, little, too much, if it helps or hurts. One of the great
widened to accommodate the extra traffi c lanes.”
including banners, “teardrop” signs and infl atable things about Chandler is its aesthetic look, and we
fi gures designed to draw shoppers’ attention. Such don’t want to compromise on that.”
Miriam Van Scott of Kerby Estates is a freelance writer and
displays are now allowed with a $10 permit, as long
Chandler transplant from the Washington, D.C. area. She can be
reached at Miriam@SanTanSun.com.
as all signage remains on private property. Under the Construction update
newly-expanded regulations, the displays are allowed In other parts of the city, construction continues
to remain in place for up to 21 days over a six-month with some major projects scheduled for completion
timeframe. McDermott expects that some version of by the end of the year.
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