An initiated ordinance amending Chapter 15.28.250 of the Rapid City Municipal Code relating to off-premise sign credits

Explanation: The Initiated Ordinance imposes an expiration date on all sign credits 20 years after the date of its issuance.  The Initiated Ordinance requires the City to keep a list of unused sign credits and requires the owners of sign credits to notify the City within 90 days of transferring a sign credit to another owner. The Initiated Ordinance prevents an owner of an off-premise sign from receiving sign credits when more than 20 sign credits are outstanding. The Initiated Ordinance contains an exemption intended to prevent its application from resulting in a taking of private property and a standard severability provision. If a court of law finds a portion of the Initiated Ordinance to be invalid or unconstitutional, the severability provision limits that finding to the invalid or unconstitutional portion of the Initiated Ordinance.  The remainder of the Initiated Ordinance would remain legally effective.  Owners of off-premises signs have threatened the City with litigation if the Initiated Ordinance is enacted.

  • If the Initiated Ordinance is enacted, off-premises sign credits will be further regulated.
  • If the Initiated Ordinance is not enacted, the City’s current regulations will remain unchanged.
  • A “YES” vote is for the enactment of the Initiated Ordinance to impose additional regulations on off-premise sign credits.
  • A “NO” vote is against the enactment of the Initiated Ordinance, leaving the City’s regulations unchanged.

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