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City Council to consider zoning changes
Regulating front-yard parking and animated signs for Statesboro Mall on agenda
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    The city will consider four changes to its zoning ordinance at their meeting Wednesday morning, including regulating parking in front yards and allowing electronic, or “animated” signs for the Statesboro Mall.
    The council recently asked the city’s staff to look into possibly amending the city’s ordinance regarding parking in front yards after several people commented on the problem.
    Under the proposed change, cars would have to be parked on paved portions of the front yard and it would also limit the amount of the yard that could be paved.
    Cars could still be parked on the grass to the side or in the rear of the house, under the proposal.
    Also being considered is the use of animated signs for the Statesboro Mall. Such signs are currently prohibited in Statesboro, but they are gaining acceptance throughout the country, according to a report prepared by the planning department.
    “While there are studies that have shown animated signs distract some drivers, there are also studies that have shown no significant increase in accidents after animated signs were installed,” the report said.
    The ordinance would only apply to the Statesboro Mall as a test to allow the city to determine if such signs create a safety problem.
    Because of the New Year’s Day holiday on Monday, the council delayed their meeting until Wednesday. Typically the council meets on Tuesday.
    Other items on the city’s agenda include:
• a motion to adopt, on first reading, the annexation of property on Cawana Road into the city limits;
• a motion to adopt, on first reading, an ordinance to annex property in the Whispering Pines subdivision into the city limits;
• a motion to change the name of Grady Street Park to the Rev. W. D. Kent Park;
• a motion to fix and publish the qualifying fees for the city’s general election in November;
• several zoning matters.
    The city’s meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and is open to the public.
    Luke Martin can be reached at  (912) 489-9454.
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