Norfolk City Council

The Norfolk City Council has passed, on third and final reading, an amendment to the city code that creates a highway overlay district for Norfolk’s two main corridors: Highways 81 and 275.

The council passed the agenda item on first reading on May 2, but tabled it on second reading May 16, due primarily to a citizen’s complaint regarding a requirement for new billboards to obtain conditional-use permits.

The council then passed the measure during the June 6 meeting by a vote of 5-3, but not before council members voted to delete the language about billboards and a provision that would have required temporary merchants like food trucks to move during non-business hours.

The council voted on third reading on Tuesday. Mayor Josh Moenning reminded council members of the procedures. 

"Just as a note before the motion, on third reading, as we all know, discussion is not allowed," Moenning said. "So, with that I look for a motion."

The council again voted 5-3 in favor, with council members Shane Clausen, Frank Arens and Kory Hildebrand casting “no” votes, the same as on second reading.

The council then adopted the highway overlay district map by a vote of 7-1 with Hildebrnad casting the lone “no” vote.

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