Rapid City's sign ordinance could be changing

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The City of Rapid City is in the process of settling two lawsuits, including one that is not following the current sign ordinance.

A settlement agreement is also in place with Outdoor Epic Advertising.

In 2012 the business filed a lawsuit against the city regarding its sign ordinance.

In the settlement the city is agreeing to change their current ordinance and allow an increase in the size and height of billboards along the interstate.

But the President of Scenic Rapid City says this is not what Rapid City residents want.

President Scenic Rapid City, Andy Ainsley, says "It goes against the citizens' initiative that was passed by two-thirds of those who voted in 2011. That was a clear statement from Rapid Citians that we don't want more billboards, we don't want bigger billboards, and we certainly want fewer digital billboards."

Another settlement agreement would put a formal end to the more than 10 year experiment with the Presidents Plaza Project.

The City Council expects to make both settlement agreements final by next Monday.