On May 20, 2020, Mayor Johnson signed Emergency Order 2020-2, regarding signage allowed in the Town Center Zone during the COVID-19 emergency. At its regular meeting on May 28, the City Council affirmed the order.
Many of the City’s businesses are located in the Town Center zoning district; however, due to the design and layout of the shopping center’s main building, many of those business do not have frontage on an exterior wall and are not visible from the street. In addition, the City’s sign regulations do not allow business without exterior frontage to have a wall or gable sign on the exterior of the shopping center. The Mayor’s Order makes it easier for those interior businesses and the others in the zone to inform the public if they are open during the COVID-19 emergency.
The Order allows interior businesses to install a temporary banner of up to 75 square feet on an exterior wall or a 40 square-foot one on a gable. All businesses would be eligible to install one banner with an area of 32 square feet on the ground or a building facing Bothell Way and one facing the property’s Ballinger Way frontage. Each business is allowed to have two sandwich boards (one for each public street frontage) displayed daily while the order is in effect.
On May 29, staff reached out to mall management with a request to let Town Center tenants know that they need to fill out an application and return it to the City, prior to putting up temporary signs allowed by the order.
The application is available here (Temporary Town Center Signage Permit Application). No fee will be charged for these sign permits.
Read the Mayor’s Emergency Order 2020-2, for more details.
Please email Planning Director Steve Bennett or call 206-368-5440 and ask to speak to someone in the Planning Department if you have questions.