Signs of Change in Downtown Columbia
However, the new law would not affect existing signs.
"My understanding is that, since we had our sign before the ordinance was passed, we get to keep it but, if it ever gets vandalized or something or we need to replace it, we can't replace it with the same size sign," said Ted Sharp of Slackers.
"Approximately 95 percent of the signs that are in the downtown area right now would be signs that would conform to the proposed ordinance," said Ott.
But, several business owners said the new law would be too strict.
"In the end, we just think we have a very pro-business ordinance that's going to create more traffic and shoppers for the district," Ott responded.
The Special Business District Board voted unanimously to pass the proposal. The Columbia City Council will review the proposed law at its meeting next Tuesday night before voting on it next month.