Planner Events

Planning for Sign Code SuccessTM

Coming up with reasonable and enforceable sign codes can often be a complex and controversial process. With so many community stakeholders caring about sign codes, it is important to get the most accurate, up-to-date information and expertise as possible. 

This day long workshop will present modules that educate experienced land use planners on the technology within signs, sign code issues, understanding electronic message centers and the importance of signs to business.

These workshops typically include the following educational modules:
  • Legal considerations including Reed v. Town of Gilbert
  • Economic value of signs
  • Introduction to sign construction and technology
  • Regulating electronic message centers (EMCs)
  • Process and policy considerations when drafting a sign code
  • Municipal perspectives on sign code revisions

Recent Workshops:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • British Columbia
  • Corpus Christi, TX
  • Hot Springs, AR
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Los Angeles, CA     
  • Oconomowoc, WI
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • St. Louis, MO

AICP CM Credits

Participants at each workshop will receive AICP CM credits, including 1.5 law. A 90-minute portion of the workshop will focus on a discussion of the recent Reed v. Town of Gilbert case and the implications for municipal attorneys and planners.

Typical Seminar Schedule
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Module 1: Introduction to Signs, Sign Construction and Electric Technology
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Module 2: Legal Considerations 
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Module 3: Regulating Electronic Message Canters
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Module 4: Policy/Process/Economic Considerations
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Module 5: Local Planner
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion

If you are interested more information about attending a local event or partnering with your local APA chapter, please contact [email protected].