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Revised sign code on the agenda

STEVE REID
Editor & Publisher
sreid@lbknews.com

A revised sign code that will regulate all commercial, institutional and residential signage is up for discussion and possible vote at Monday’s town commission meeting.

The genesis of the revised sign code emanates from the town’s desire to comply with a Supreme Court ruling that makes municipal regulation of signs possible but not based on content. This means categories for churches, political candidates, yard sales and realtors can no longer exist and all applicants and content must be treated as “neutral.”

The Town Commission came to consensus last May in a workshop to allow a maximum of two temporary signs per property. One sign can be up to one square foot and no higher than two feet above the ground. A second sign can be up to three square feet and no higher than four feet above the ground, which would be allowed when a property is for sale, rent or lease.

The Town plans to allow six months for the new regulations to take effect if they reach approval after a second reading and vote by the Town Commission.

Some realtors have expressed concern that the sign code as proposed will be troublesome when it comes to the standardized signs in the industry.

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