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Sign Code Update – Project

Project Purpose

The City of Arlington adopted the Unified Development Code (UDC) in July 2014. Although a part of the UDC, the update to the sign standards was managed as a separate project because of the huge impact that signs have on businesses and the image of the city. The City has been working on the update to the Sign Standards since the beginning of 2014.

The goal of the update is to develop a simplified set of sign regulations, creating effective and visually pleasing signage in the City of Arlington.

Process Overview

Understanding the importance of input from key stakeholder groups within the city, staff assembled a Focus Group to help facilitate the update. The Focus Group members represented sign industry, local developers, architects, commercial realtors, Experience Arlington, Planning and Zoning Commission, Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and Downtown Management Inc. – all committed to improving the visual landscape of the City of Arlington.

A list of all Focus Group members and their respective organizations are listed below:

    • Paul Fulks, 3Di Sign and Design
    • David Flory, Willow Creek Signs
    • Chuck Chambers, Signs Now
    • Melanie Hancock, Hancock Signs
    • Ron Owens, Legacy Signs of Texas
    • Mojy Haddad, CHS Architects| Oakhollow Group
    • Jerry Bolz, Peloton Commercial Real Estate
    • Jon McDaniel, NAI Robert Lynn Commercial Real Estate
    • Tony Rutigliano, Downtown Arlington Management Inc.
    • Harry Croxton, Planning and Zoning Commission
    • Ronnie Price, Experience Arlington (CVB)
    • Mary German, Experience Arlington (CVB)

Over the course of seven months from February to July 2014, staff held nine Focus Group meetings. The meetings established the goals of the update and identified issues with the current standards.  A key mantra of the Focus Group was “Don’t fix it, if it ain’t broke”. This concept allowed staff to focus only on the standards that were not currently working and streamline the overall process.

Staff also sought input from the Planning and Zoning Commission at five work sessions beginning in October 2014. The presentations helped ensure that the direction and standards established through the Focus Group meetings aligned with the goals and objectives of the Commission. On February 18, 2015, the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously recommended approval of the draft standards.

Staff presented the standards at two City Council work sessions in March.

Next Steps

City Council adopted the updated Sign Code on May 26, 2015.

Click here to view the updated Sign Ordinance

For More Information

For any questions or comments, please email the Planning Manager, Gincy.Thoppil@arlingtontx.gov or call her at 817-459-6662.