The Gloucester Planning Commission and county staff have been working on the proposed revisions for well over a year, and many county business owners say the rules would be too restrictive.
After a lengthy public hearing, with most of the speakers asking for certain changes to be made to the proposed ordinance, the board voted 5-0 to defer passing any resolution on the sign ordinance.
Abingdon district representative Buddy Rilee was not at the meeting because he was recovering from surgery. Ware district representative Gregory Woodard was also absent.
The board also voted 5-0 to instruct county administrator Brenda Garton to appoint two supervisors to sit down with the county attorney to hash out many of the concerns raised by business owners. The proposed ordinance changes will then be brought back to the board as soon as possible for a final decision.