Lafayette officials might abandon efforts to cap the number of signs allowed on residential property -- a provision some saw as key to preventing another display of crosses.

The City Council in March discussed limiting the number of signs to four with a maximum of 30 square feet combined.

But the American Civil Liberties Union challenged the proposal on the grounds that it violated free speech. In her report to the council, the city attorney said there aren't enough court cases that clearly define how many signs are legally permissible and what the square footage can be.

The council on Monday is scheduled to consider not putting a limit on the number of signs and increasing the square footage allowed from 32 square feet to 64 square feet. The meeting is 7 p.m. at 500 St. Marys Road.

Lafayette's sign policy fell under scrutiny after crosses were erected on Deer Hill Road across from the BART station. The display of more than 3,200 crosses has ignited public debate on how to appropriately honor U.S. soldiers killed in the Iraq War and has captured widespread media attention.