(WBIR - Knoxville) Whether to limit the height of new signs in the city is a debate that Knoxville leaders, businesses and residents have been discussing for years, and as of this week, it remains unresolved.
Tuesday night, City Council once again postponed a vote on an ordinance that would limit the height of new signs in the city to 25 feet instead of the current 50.
The city has discussed the issue for at least two years, and it has appeared on the council's agenda numerous times, only to be delayed each time.
George Wallace, who sits on the city's sign ordinance task force, said the vote keeps getting delayed because the task force wants to do more than limit sign height. He said the task force is also looking at where signs should be placed in relation to highways, residential and commercial areas.
The group is even discussing how signs in Knoxville should be maintained.
"I've heard from so many people over the last 18 months that really are concerned about the aesthetics and that's what we're talking about, looking at visual clutter all over Knoxville and how do signs, if they do, how do they contribute to the visual clutter, and then also balancing for the business people who are there," explained Wallace.
He said the task force hopes to have recommendations ready for the Metropolitan Planning Commission by the end of the year. From there, that group would vet the recommendations and then hand off them to the city council for further review.