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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING AMENDING OF LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE OF CITY Notice to the public is hereby given that the city council of the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota proposes to amend Chapter XVIII, Article 3, Land Development Code, Section 18-0301, Elements of the Grand Forks City Code of 1987, as amended, pertaining to murals.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
AMENDING OF LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE OF CITY
Notice to the public is hereby given that the city council of the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota proposes to amend Chapter XVIII, Article 3, Land Development Code, Section 18-0301, Elements of the Grand Forks City Code of 1987, as amended, pertaining to murals.
Section 18-0301 is hereby amended as follows:

(3) General sign provisions.
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(M) Murals are allowed in business or industrial districts, subject to the following conditions:
1.The mural does not contain any advertising or other commercial message, provided, however, the following shall be permitted:
a.A defined area of the mural may be used to denote artist and/or sponsor credit for the mural provided such defined area shall comprise up to the lesser of four square feet or one percent of the mural's surface area and be located in one of the corners of the mural.
b.Painted wall signs that are listed on a register of historically significant signs as maintained by the Historic Preservation Officer shall be classified as murals and may be permitted to be restored subject to the conditions contained in this section (M). The painted wall sign described in this § 18-0301(3)(M)(1)(b) shall be referred to as a "Historically Significant Wall Sign."
2.The mural does not contain material that an average, reasonable person would consider to be obscene or otherwise offensive, as defined in N.D.C.C. Chapter 12.1-27.1.
3.With the exception of restoring a Historically Significant Wall Sign under § 18-0301(3)(M)(1)(b), The the mural is not installed on any original façade of a building listed as a contributing structure of an a historic district or independently listed on the National Historic Register, unless: the mural may be attached to a removable panel without damage to the underlying historic façade and the manner of affixture is approved by the zoning administrator.
a.The mural is attached to a removable panel that can be removed without damage to the underlying historic facade and the manner of affixture is approved by the zoning administrator; or
b.The application of paint is preceded by the application of a protective material to preserve the underlying facade. Such protective materials must be able to be safely applied and removed without damage to the underlying façade.
4. The mural is not installed on any exterior wall of a building directly abutting a public right-of-way, excluding alleys.
5. The mural proposer shall have received a letter of notice to proceed with mural installation or restoration of a Historically Significant Wall Sign from the Grand Forks City Inspection Department prior to installation of the mural commencing installation of the mural or the restoration of a Historically Significant Wall Sign.
a. Prior to issuance of a letter of notice to proceed with mural installation or restoration of a Historically Significant Wall Sign, a mural proposal shall be submitted to the Grand Forks City Inspection Community Development Department. Such proposals shall include a signed letter of consent from the owner of the building on which the mural is to be installed or restored, as well as drawings, pictures, or other visual representations of the mural, including information on size, location, materials to be used, and manner of affixture to the building, and in the case of restoration of a Historically Significant Wall Sign, how the proposer intends on preserving the integrity of the historic façade.
b.Review of proposals to restore Historically Significant Wall Signs may must include presenting the proposal to the Historic Preservation Commission for an opportunity to provide comment.
6. All murals must be maintained in good condition, free of dirt, debris, vandalism, and graffiti.
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Pursuant to Sections 40-48-08 and 40-48-11 of the North Dakota Century Code, as amended, and Section 18-1003 of the Grand Forks City Code of 1987, as amended, notice is hereby given that on the 17th day of May , 2021, in the council chambers in the City Hall in the city of Grand Forks, North Dakota, at the hour of 5:30 o'clock p.m., a public hearing will be held by the city council of the city of Grand Forks, at which time all citizens and interested parties will have an opportunity to be heard upon the aforementioned changes. Copies of said proposed change as hereinbefore described are available to the public for inspection and/or copying at the office of the city auditor in City Hall.
Dated April 19, 2021.Maureen Storstad City Auditor
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