On June 24th, City Council will hold a hearing at 2 pm (Council Chambers, City Hall, 1211 SW Fourth Avenue) on the proposed Original Art Murals Project. A vote by Council is expected to take place on July 1st. The Original Art Murals Project will create a new process to allow murals to be permitted separately from sign regulations, and complement the existing Regional Arts and Culture Council’s (RACC) Public Art program.
Original Art Murals will be defined specifically as a hand produced work of visual art that is tiled or painted by hand directly upon, or affixed directly to an exterior wall of a building. Murals reviewed under this process will need to stay intact and in place for a period of at least five years, with the building owner receiving no compensation for the display of the mural.
This new process will establish a mural permit, with administrative rules, a fee structure and inspections. To be considered an original art mural, the mural must receive a permit under this new process. Murals that are not approved under this process (or are not part of the RACC Public Art program) will still be classified as signs. The mural regulations will be contained in a new City title, Title 4 (Original Art Murals), with minor amendments to City Titles 3 (Administration), 32 (Signs and Related Regulations), and Title 33 (Planning and Zoning).
The Bureau of Development Services will hold a hearing on July 13th (5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, 1900 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 2500B) to hear comments on the proposed Mural Administrative Rules. The anticipated effective date for the Original Art Murals Project is August 1, 2009.
For more information on the Original Art Mural project, go to the Original Art Mural Project website, or contact Phil Nameny (503-823-7709) or Douglas Hardy (503-823-7816).