COSTA MESA — Sweeping revisions to the city's sign code is set to come before the City Council next month, according to a city planning administrator.
The six revisions drafted by the Planning Department will be considered by the council as a new business item on May 3, said Claire Flynn, city planning administrator.
The last major revision to the city's sign code was in 2002, when electronic changeable signs were prohibited, according to a Planning Commission staff report.
If approved, the new ordinance will retain the restriction on LED signs but through a planned program allow their use on a case-to-case basis at major shopping centers, like the South Coast Collection and Triangle Square.
The ordinance will neither decrease nor increase the city's number of LED signs, said Planning Commission Chairman Colin McCarthy.
"We haven't updated our sign code in too long," McCarthy said. "Times are changing, and the way businesses are advertising are changing, and we need to be responsive to those changes."