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ORDINANCE NO. 1607 OF 2011

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ORDINANCE NO. 1607 OF 2011
ORDINANCE EXTENDING A TEMPORARY MORATORIUM AND/ OR PROSCRIPTION AGAINST THE CONSTRUCTION, ERECTION AND/OR INSTALLATION OF OFF- PREMISE SIGNS AS DEFINED IN SECTION 22-2 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA, WITHIN THE CORPORATE LIMITS OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA
WHEREAS, the City of Ruston (the “City”) recognizes there is a legitimate desire by private enterprise to inform the public through the use of off-premise signs; and,
WHEREAS, the City adopted a temporary moratorium and/or proscription against the construction, erection and/or installation of off-premise signs within the corporate limits of the City by Ordinance 1594 of 2010; and,
WHEREAS, the Ruston 21 Comprehensive Master Plan recommends that the City partner with professionals to update existing signage regulations to provide fair and effective advertising, while helping to build a sense of community; and,
WHEREAS, the City recognizes the need to revise the Code of Ordinances of the City relating to the regulation of signs, including off-premise signs as defined in Section 22-2 of the Code of Ordinances of the City;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN OF THE CITY OF RUSTON, LOUISIANA:
§1.The City hereby establishes a land use moratorium and/or proscription against the construction, erection and/or installation of off-premise signs within the corporate limits of the City for the purposes referred to herein, and any final action on applications for the construction, erection and/or installation of off-premise signs shall be deferred until after the expiration of said moratorium. This moratorium shall become effective January 31, 2011 and shall remain in place for a period of one (1) year from the effective date.
§2.If any section, paragraph, sentence, clause and/or phrase of this Ordinance or the application thereof is declared unconstitutional, unenforceable or invalid by the valid judgment of any court of competent jurisdiction such unconstitutionality, unenforceability or invalidity shall not affect any of the remaining sections, paragraphs, sentences, clauses and/or phrases of this Ordinance, since the same would have been enacted by the City of Ruston without the incorporation in this Ordinance of any such unconstitutional, unenforceable or invalid section, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase. To this end, the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby declared severable.
§3.All other Ordinances, or any parts thereof, which are in conflict with the provisions of this Ordinance, are hereby repealed. To the extent that any provision or provisions of this Ordinance are inconsistent or in conflict with any other provision of the Code of Ordinances or any regulation of the City, the provisions of this Ordinance shall be deemed to control.
§4.This Ordinance shall become effective upon final adoption and publication of the same in the manner prescribed by law. If for any reason the effective date of this moratorium as provided in this Ordinance is found to be inapplicable, then the moratorium shall become effective on the effective date of this Ordinance.
This Ordinance was introduced on March 7, 2011, by Alderwoman Marie Riggs; Notice of Public Notice was published on March 11, 2011, March 18, 2011 and March 25, 2011, and said public hearing having been held, the title having been read and the Ordinance considered, on motion to adopt by Alderman Elmore Mayfield, seconded by Alderwoman Glenda Howard, a record vote was taken and the following result was had:
YEA: ALDERWOMAN GLENDA HOWARD
ALDERMAN JEDD LEWIS
ALDERMAN ELMORE MAYFIELD
ALDERMAN JIM PEARCE
ALDERWOMAN MARIE S. RIGGS
NAY:NONE
ABSENT:NONE
WHEREUPON, the presiding officer declared the above Ordinance duly adopted on the 4th, day of April, 2011.
ATTEST:
EMMETT GIBBS, CLERK
DAN HOLLINGSWORTH, MAYOR
1td: April 8, 2011

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