Have your say about city signs: Sign code open house set for Aug. 3

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signsThe City of Edmonds’ sign code — and whether or how it should be changed — will be the subject of a public open house at the Council Chambers, 250 5th Ave N., on Monday, Aug.  3, starting at 6 pm.  The event’s main focus will be on A-frame signs downtown, although input on any signage issues is welcome.

Proposing changes to the sign code is a topic that the Edmonds City Council asked staff to take up in response to complaints about the number and location of downtown signs, especially A-frame signs.

Many shop-owners believe A-frame signs are an important way to get people’s attention and that without the signs, their business would suffer.  Some residents view the signs as unsightly obstacles for pedestrians; they want any signage in the public right-of-way to be more controlled.

The current sign code limits the placement of signs in sidewalk areas and requires them to not block pedestrian access.  But signs that are considered “temporary” don’t have to get a permit and are harder to track.

“We want to hear specific ideas and concerns of residents and businesses on the sign code issues,” said Edmonds Development Services Director Shane Hope.  “That will really help us craft something that could provide the right balance in our code.”

Any draft code changes will get public review this fall and be discussed in meetings of the Edmonds Planning Board and City Council. Adoption of any changes would be up to the city council after a full public process.

To view the existing sign code on the City’s webpage, go to: http://www.edmondswa.gov/rules-and-regulations.html.  Then click “Community Development Code (ECDC)”, then “Title 20”, then “20.60 Sign Code”.

Comments on sign code issues may be emailed to: diane.cunningham@edmondswa.gov.

 

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