The Woodman Avenue Graffiti Preservation Ordinance has been completed by the city Planning Department. It will be heard before the City Planning Commission on Thursday, July 12. A copy of the report can be found here.
As proposed, the ordinance will allow for the creation and preservation of Original Art Murals and Public Art Installations on private property.
This draft ordinance is a good example of a significant land use issue that did not come to us in a planning package from someone who was requesting a discretionary planning approval. The public comment period extended from October 2011 to February 2012. Over 250 public comments were received on the proposed ordinance. It appears that most of the public outreach on this issue was made to arts groups that are largely supportive of the exemption of “murals” from the city sign ordinance.
There is still opportunity to weigh in on this proposed ordinance. We hope that it can be considered by the Land Use committee at its meeting on Thursday, July 5.