Brownwood City Council members approved an ordinance Tuesday to amend the regulation of political signs placed on private property in residentially zoned districts.
    Texas Local Government Code prohibits the restriction of the sizes of signs with political message on residentially zoned private property, council members were told. Council members approved the amended ordinance to read that the signs are not restricted in size but are not to be placed into right-of-way and/or create traffic hazards by restricting the line of sight.
    Before the amending of the ordinance, the city has restricted the size of political signs in residentially zoned districts to a maximum size of four square feet.
    Development Services director Tim Murray told council members city staff has received numerous calls about political signs in the city and whether the placement of the signs is in violation of city ordinance.
    Murray said he researched other cities’ policies and ordinances and learned cities including Abilene, Snyder and Stephenville do not regulate the size of the signs.
    In an effort to become less regulatory and consistent with other cities, and to comply with Texas Local Government Code, staff recommended amending the ordinance with enforcement to begin immediately.