JOLIET – The front-yard bounce-house ban will be considered again.
A Joliet City Council committee will again consider a proposal to restrict bounce houses to backyards when it meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
The proposal was headed for a vote by the full council in late July when it was pulled off of the agenda after several council members said they did not see the need for it. Since there was no vote, staff is bringing it back to the Land Use and Legislative Committee for discussion, said Michael Schwarz, director of planning.
Schwarz said the proposal basically added bounce houses to an existing ordinance that requires trampolines to be located in backyards.
"We were just treating them similar to how we treat trampolines," Schwarz said.
Council members, however, questioned whether the rule would be unfair to people with backyards too small for bounce houses and whether there was any need to regulate bounce houses since they typically appear for one day for outdoor parties.
Councilwoman Jan Quillman said she asked for the rule after getting complaints about a bounce house left in a front yard too long. Quillman could not be reached Friday for comment.
Schwarz said the city has no rules now regulating bounce houses.
"There is no reference to the term bounce house in the current zoning ordinance," he said.
The committee also will consider rules for electronic messaging signs lit by LED lights.
A moratorium on new electronic messaging signs ends Nov. 2.
The moratorium was put in place to give staff time to address concerns about electronic signs that are too bright at night.
Schwarz said staff wants to hear from council members before completing a new ordinance likely to be ready for a council vote in early December.
The city also does not now have a zoning ordinance covering electronic messaging boards, but they are allowed through zoning variances.