Casper City Council discusses changing sign code

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Casper City Council members are looking at changing rules regarding putting up signs.

Casper City Councilman Bob Hopkins, Ward I, speaks at a council work session in Casper, Wyo. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019.

They discussed the issue at Tuesday’s work session.

The potential revisions come following a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision. In Reed v. Town of Gilbert, the court ruled content cannot be a factor in deciding what type of sign requires a permit.

“The city that was enacting the law determined that you had to have permits for certain types of signage but other instances of signage, such as political signs, they don’t need permits. So, in one case, a church had to go get a permit but a political group didn’t have to go get a permit,” Casper City Attorney John Henley said.

Council members also want to look at updating the 1990s ordinance to account for modern electronic signs.

They plan to listen to the community and stakeholders to find a balanced solution.

“We want to involve members of the public but also the companies that produce and make sure that the regulations comply with the recent court decisions but also the kind of rules that people want to see in Casper,” Mayor Charlie Powell, Ward II, said.