Real Estate Industry not sold on sign regulations

by Larry Lemmons
Newschannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - The local real estate industry is speaking out over potential changes to sign regulations.

At a packed meeting at the Amarillo City Commission most people were from real estate.

They say they were under the impression that real estate signs would be exempt from the proposed changes. But the sign regulation advisory committee decided that temporary signs need some measure of regulation.

The real estate industry asked the commission for an extension so they can review the proposal.

Amarillo Mayor Debra McCartt says, "And I think that's only fair. We will vote again on it next week. We have two readings. So during that time they'll have the opportunity to visit with Kelly Shaw or anyone who can help them answer their questions about their signage. And I understand that. It's something they want to make sure they have down and understand what's going to happen to their industry."

In terms of enforcement, especially of temporary signs, they're considering the option of a hotline.

McCartt says, "I think that's a good idea just like we have with our water that runs in the street or any of the issues with the house, or dilapidated houses or anything that we have in our city that citizens want to report on."

There will be another public meeting next Tuesday.