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County draws lines for signs sharing county roads

SUpervisors plan communities at the County ADministration.
SUpervisors plan communities at the County ADministration.Adam Benjamin

Finding the best place near a county road to put up a community sign will line up signs within open compatible lines that cautiously can give the county Public WOrks director a reason to deny a right to put up the sign. County supervisors, on Wednesday the 29th, officially agreed with community planning leaders the community signs that mark out the community's character can fill up county space on the road right of way.

County Policy J-5 that makes using county space for a sign mischief has been repealed. Community leaders and locals can find space in the public right of way to use for a sign.

Amendments to the county code and zoning ordinance set limits on the space used. On the way to and from a village or town center, one community identification sign can take a place along the road and overhang into the county road. Agreement on using the larger community's space allows the communityto show a greater sense of place and add signs that guide travelers through a well planned community. While leaving room for road signs and traffic signals to keep drivers safe. And, keeping the streetscapes friendly for pedestrians everyday.

All the community planning and sponsor groups in the county that plan the development in the county's general plan mobility areas reviewed and approved the new sign rules before the board approved.

Three permits are necessary before a sign can be put up. Site plan. Encroachment. And, construction. A sign or a banner application review will cost a 125 dollar fee following a site plan review that costs 8,000 dollars.

Community identification signs can have one or two faces. Each face can measure 100 sqaure feet. A sign that spans a county road right of way can measure 225 square feet.

Wayfaring signs a community puts up in the county road ways fit in the county's mobility plan. Not more than 5 miles from a community destination, a wayfaring sign setting up a route on a county road can guide a traveler to a point of destination in the community--a town center, a performing arts center, or a historic landmark. Up to 50 signs can fit along the road within the 5 miles.

The neighborhood watch signs put up by police dpartments an sheriffs departemtns can fill up space along a county road.

All the signs the county's Public WOrks director approves following a review can not obstruct visibility on the road, or, distract travelers from using the traffic signals or driving a car.

Regular community information signs giving travelers information on community events can put up one to four 32 sqaure foot community information signs. Not more than 500 feet from an intersection. Event information gets posted in 6 inch tall 3 inch wide letters on one of 6 sign shingles.

Temproary event signs, for a street fair or a parade, can get posted 30 days before an event until 7 days after. The events posted in community space have to let in the general public or be of interest to the general public. Each poster can use up to 100 banners on 50 light poles. Event banners can also span the community street.

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