Petaluma City Council revisits Highway 101 sign issue

When he suggested his fellow City Council members direct the Planning Commission to rewrite part of a city ordinance to allow freeway-facing signs, Mike Healy assumed the task would be completed.

But the commission, filled with members of a different political bent, returned a 6-0 recommendation to leave the ordinance unchanged.

Today, the council will examine the commission's recommendation and make its own determination. Although Healy's motion passed 3-2, its passage isn't guaranteed this time.

In May, the council heard an appeal from the developers of the Target center, which at 34 acres and 378,000 square feet of retail space, makes East Washington Place the city's largest shopping complex.

Regency Centers wants to place signs on the rear of the buildings, which face Highway 101. It says the tenants, including Dick's Sporting Goods, TJ Maxx Home Goods and Sprouts market, demand them.

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