Design Review Board Created


The Payson Town Council unanimously approved the second reading of an ordinance Thursday night that will create a design review board for the town.

The design review board will make final decisions about the appearance of new developments and signs for the town.

Jeanie Langham, chairwoman of the design review task force, asked the council to consider welcoming members to the review board who don't reside in Payson.

"Think rationally," she said. "These people are our neighbors."

The council determined that, while searching for qualified members to serve on the seven-member design board, options for Payson residents would have to be exhausted before consideration would be made for residents of neighboring communities. Only two board members can be residents of other communities, but they must still own property or a business in Payson.

The members would have staggered terms, with three serving three-year terms, two serving two-year terms and two serving for one year.

The first task of the design review board will be to solicit public input and to review and recommend changes to the town's guidelines for signs and buildings.

The ordinance approving the creation of a design review board will become law on May 19, 30 days after the second reading was passed.

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