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W. Side To Get Limits On Signs

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Councilor Dan Lewis says he is working with the sponsor of a bill aimed at regulating electronic signs to provide protections for Unser Boulevard and parts of Coors Boulevard on the West Side.

Lewis said he wants to make regulations equitable for all parts of the city.

He cosponsored an earlier version of the bill that narrowly passed but was vetoed by Mayor Richard Berry, who said some parts of the legislation went too far.

Councilor Isaac Benton produced another version of the bill which dropped a proposed ban on any new electronic “on premise” signs, limiting the ban to “view corridors” on Alameda, Griegos, Rio Grande and Tramway. Councilors discussed that bill, along with an amendment proposed by Councilor Ken Sanchez that would add Coors and Unser to the list of view corridors, at their Oct. 5 meeting, but deferred making a decision to the next meeting, which will be on Monday.

Lewis said he couldn’t support Sanchez’s amendment banning electronic signs throughout Coors and Unser. He believes restrictions on brightness and other sign attributes, which are already in the bill, provide adequate protections for most areas.

But he would support creating limited view corridors on the West Side to make the bill equitable for the east and west sides of the city.

He is now working with Benton to add language to the bill to be discussed Monday that would prohibit new on-premise electronic signs on Unser and a section of Coors north of Interstate 40 from around St. Pius High School to Paseo del Norte.

Lewis said he cosponsored the original bill because he supports restrictions recommended by a task force because the city’s zoning code doesn’t cover electronic signs.

He said there are separate restrictions that set limitations on new billboards within the city.