Medina Approves Moratorium on Public Art for 60 Days, Allotting Time to Update Ordinance

The Medina Village Board approved a new local law addressing artistic displays Monday evening within the Historic District.

According to the law, this will place a 60 day hold on all public art and mural creations within the district, allotting time for Medina’s Village Board to update the current ordinance.  This will not apply to the recently approved projects at earlier meetings.

Local Law No. 3-2020 will be applied as described in the preceding resolution:

1. Purpose and intent of this local law is to institute a sixty (60) day moratorium on murals and public art displays in the Village’s Downtown Historic Preservation District, in order for the Village to review its laws, rules and regulations regarding murals and public art displays and to consider the creation of a Public Arts Commission. The moratorium is to enhance the ability of the Village to protect and promote the visual and aesthetic character of the Village of Medina.

2. A sixty (60) day moratorium shall hereby be instituted in the Village of Medina Downtown Historic District, preventing the erection or creation of any mural or public art displays. No such new murals or public art displays may be erected, created, completed, and/or permitted during the pendency of said moratorium.

3. This local law shall take effect upon passage by the Village Board of Trustees.

According to the Village Board’s website:

“The complete text of said law is on file in the office of the Village Clerk and is available for review by any interested person during business hours.  At such Public Hearing, all persons interested who wish to be heard, will be heard.

“Please note that due to COVID-19 regulations and space limitations, pre-registration for attendance must be made at the Village Clerk’s Office on a first come basis. The Village will also be accepting written comments for the record and review by the Village Board, to be sent to publichearing@villagemedina.org with the subject line “moratorium”.

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