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Letters to the Editor: Attend Nisswa sign ordinance hearing April 12

Nisswa businesses, community groups, etc. - you need to attend a public hearing Tuesday, April 12. Nisswa is considering changes to the permanent and temporary sign ordinances. I applaud the Planning and Zoning Commission for taking a very old, o...

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Nisswa businesses, community groups, etc. - you need to attend a public hearing Tuesday, April 12.

Nisswa is considering changes to the permanent and temporary sign ordinances. I applaud the Planning and Zoning Commission for taking a very old, outdated, 23-page ordinance document, reviewing it and shrinking it to 13 pages. However, as the Nisswa Chamber president, I am concerned about how these proposed ordinance changes will affect our businesses.

Areas of proposed changes include (but are not limited to): types of signs allowed, number of days allowed, types of signs prohibited, sign size-dimension-lighting, use of sandwich boards, etc. Some businesses will no longer be able to use existing signs. Some ordinance changes will force businesses to invest in new or different types of signs.

The city will collect fees to acquire the permit, and administrative fees for non-compliance. There will be administration time and effort involved; yet the city cannot identify if any additional staffing will be needed to administer these ordinances.

As a chamber, we work in front of and behind the scenes to advocate for our members. This is an occasion where we need a collective voice. We need to express our concerns regarding the restrictions and regulations they want to place on our business community. We are event focused and work to bring people to our community, yet there are severe limitations being placed on event promotion.

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If you are a business owner in Nisswa or part of a civic, church or community group that hosts or promotes events, your voice must be heard Tuesday, April 12. Attend the public hearing at 9 a.m. at Nisswa City Hall.

Once the Planning and Zoning Commission approves the ordinance changes, they will go to the city council for approval at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 20. Be present at both meetings.

Shawn Hansen,

Nisswa Chamber of Commerce president/CEO

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