As reported in The Explorer, the Town Council voted unanimously to allow businesses to display banners and signs on their property for up to 6 months.
Here's the Explorer article.
The council also unanimously approved an item designed to provide relief to local, struggling businesses.
The idea is to allow businesses to display temporary banners and signage on their properties for an extended period of time — up to 180 days — with permits issued by the town.
"Signage is what brings in the vast majority of business," said Councilman Steve Solomon. "We have a very restrictive sign code."
Councilman Joe Hornat, although supportive of the change, questioned terminology in the proposal.
"What does 'under substantiated duress' mean?" Hornat asked. "Do they have to open their books and show us they're not making any money?"
A resident who spoke about the issue, Bill Adler, suggested the town not set an arbitrary time limit on the duration of time the temporary signs can be displayed.
"We're either in the business of showing compassion for these people or we're not," Adler said.
Oro Valley resident Zev Cywan also spoke in support of the temporary change to sign codes. He also said that Councilman Solomon should consider recusing himself from the discussion and vote because of his prior involvement in the issue as a builder and developer.
Solomon deferred the question to Town Attorney Tobin Rosen, who said state law only necessitates an elected official recuse himself if "proprietary or pecuniary interest" presents a clear conflict. That was not the case in this instance, Rosen said.