Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Temporary signs could be limited in Hailey

Sale banners would only be allowed intermittently

Express Staff Writer

The Hailey Planning and Zoning Commission is reviewing changes to the city’s zoning ordinance that would further regulate the use of temporary signs, such as sandwich boards and banners.

The amendment would allow for the use of temporary signs for no longer than 96 hours, four times per year. Businesses would have to take the signs down for five-day intervals. The city currently allows for a 72-hour period of use four times per year.

Community Development Director Micah Austin presented a draft of the proposed changes to the commission Monday. 

The amendment would prohibit temporary signs above the rooflines of adjacent buildings, and limit the number of signs to two per business.

“This will make our sign ordinance easier to interpret, and easier to enforce,” said Austin, who canvassed several local businesses before writing the proposed changes.

Austin has proposed a more concise definition of “temporary signs,” which includes one that is not attached to a building or permanently affixed to the ground, and intended to communicate a message of a transitory nature.

Austin said the ordinance change would reduce the proliferation of banner signs in Hailey that are sometimes left up longer than expected.

“The kind of signs that advertise weekend sales, but are left up for four months,” he said.

The changes would have to be approved by both the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council before they go into effect.

Tony Evans:

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