In 2015, the United States Supreme Court found in Reed v. Town of Gilbert that sign regulations cannot be content based. Localities, including the City of Suffolk, are working to update their sign regulations to comply with this decision. Staff is analyzing the current sign regulations to assure that signs are regulated by type and location versus content. In addition, it also makes sense to review the current regulations to determine if there is some need to correct standards that are too restrictive, problematic, or in need of updating due to advancements in design and technology.
An updated draft of the sign ordinance was presented to the Planning Commission, which in turn, forwarded the proposed regulations on to the City Council with a recommendation for approval. However, prior to taking formal action, the City Council requested that greater opportunities for additional community and staff input be provided. To this end, a public input open house will be held on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, at 6:00 pm at Suffolk City Hall, located at 442 W. Washington Street.
The most recent sign ordinance presentation was led by Interim Planning and Community Development Director, Bob Goumas, at a City Council work session and included updates suggested by Staff and City Council. Please see links, below and to the right, for videos and presentations on the topic.
Public Input Open House:
When: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Where: Suffolk City Hall, 442 W. Washington St.
For questions or comments on the draft sign regulations, please call the Planning Division at 757-514-4060 or email them at PlanningEmail@suffolkva.us.