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Outdoor vendors, rezonings before City Council

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The Murfreesboro City Council will meet Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. to conduct public hearings for zoning requests and to consider changes to temporary outdoor vendor regulations.

The council hears from the public, as well as votes on, proposed changes to outdoor vendor regulations that limit the length of time temporary food or retail vendors can sell their wares to 70 days in a 12-month period from six months. The regulations deal with outdoor sales of food or retail merchandise, fireworks seasonal retailers, and seasonal Christmas tree sales.

The council also considers proposed amendments to the sign ordinance pertaining to flags, which came under fire after a local business owner was required to remove a flag that violated the city’s ordinance.

In response to public outcry, the city reviewed the sign ordinance and developed recommendations to increase flag size and pole height. The amendment increases the height requirement from 35 feet to 50 feet, limits the number of flags to three per lot, and increases the maximum flag size to 230 square feet for multiple flags and 150 square feet for a single flag in commercial zones.

According to the amendment, no permit will be required for erecting a flag, however a permit will now be required for flagpoles. To be approved, poles must be erected at least eight feet from power lines and 20 feet from road right-of-ways and comply with the height and size requirements.

The council also considers an amendment to the recently passed traffic light camera ordinance. The amendment adds language, which adjusts upward the $50 fine if the violator fails to appear in court or pay the fine.

Other agenda items:

- Third and final reading to establish the Salem Highway and Barfield Road Drainage Basin D Sanitary Sewer Assessment District.

- Recommendations for the proposed Visitor’s Center and Chamber of Commerce building on Medical Center Boulevard.

- And various zoning change requests.
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