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ORDINANCE 2021-03

ORDINANCE NO. 2021-03

CITY OF JOHNSON, WASHINGTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS

AN ORDINANCE AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 2020-05 IN ITS
ENTIRETY AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE ADOPTION BY
REFERENCE OF SIGN REGULATIONS FOR THE CITY OF
JOHNSON, ARKANSAS, FURTHER PROVIDING FOR THE
ADMINISTRATION THEREOF AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

WHEREAS, on or about April 14, 2020 the City Council for the City of Johnson adopted Ordinance No. 2020-05 which amended Ordinance No. 2017-12 and provided for the adoption by reference of sign regulations for the City of Johnson; and

WHEREAS, it has come to the attention of the City Council of Johnson that the sign regulations adopted by Ordinance No. 2020-05 need to be further amended, in its entirety, in order to provide better clarity and to make changes necessary to conform the sign regulations with recent zoning regulation amendments; and

WHEREAS, in accordance with Ark. Code Ann. 14-55-207, three (3) copies of the regulations are on file with the City Clerk-Treasurer and notice of the adoption of these regulations by reference has been provided in a newspaper of general circulation; and

WHEREAS, following the public hearing and recommendation from the City of Johnson Planning Commission, the City Council of the City of Johnson now finds it to be in the best interest of the citizens of Johnson to amend Ordinance No. 2020-05 in its entirety and to adopt said regulations by reference.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF JOHNSON, ARKANSAS:

Section 1.        The City of Johnson Sign Regulations, attached hereto as Exhibit "A", is hereby adopted in its entirety.

Section 2.        That all ordinances, including Ordinance No. 2020-05, or parts of ordinances in conflict herewith, are hereby repealed to the extent of the conflict.

Section 3.        That the provisions of this Ordinance are hereby declared to be severable and if any section, phrase, or provision shall be declared or held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the remainder of the sections, phrases or provisions.

Section 4.        Declaration of Emergency. It is hereby found and determined that the existing ordinances and regulations relating to the regulations of signs within the municipality need to be amended based upon the needs of the City of Johnson in connection with its current and future growth the enactment of the Johnson Sign Regulations Abatement will provide for the safe and orderly control of signage within the city and help assure the safe and proper growth and
development of land. Therefore, an emergency is declared to exist, and this act being immediately necessary for the preservation and protection of the public peace, health, safety and welfare of the City and its citizens, shall become effective on the date of its passage and approval by the Mayor. If the Ordinance is neither approved nor vetoed by the Mayor, it shall become effective on the expiration of the period of time during which the Mayor may veto this Ordinance. If the Ordinance is vetoed by the Mayor and the veto is overridden by the City Council, it shall become effective on the date the City Council overrides the veto.

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