The Montrose City Council has overturned a decision by the city’s Planning Commission and granted an appeal by the owner of Fiesta Guadalajara to leave a large sign in place that was legal under the city’s previous sign code but is no longer allowed.
The Ogden Road eatery was formerly known as Smugglers Brewpub. It was purchased by new owners and converted to Fiesta Guadalajara last year. Under Smugglers ownership, the existing sign was put in place according to the previous sign regulations. The sign is 40 feet high with an ellipse-shaped sign-face, measuring 127.58 square feet. The City’s current sign code states that signs permitted under the previous code are allowed to remain in place until a change is made to the sign. Once a change is made, the sign must be brought into compliance with the city’s current sign code. The applicant’s request to leave the sign in place was recently rejected by the Planning Commission so the applicant appealed to the City Council, which granted the request.