The City of Edmonds sent a letter to all businesses in the downtown/waterfront area this week alerting them to changes in the city’s sign regulations.
On Aug. 2, the Edmonds City Council approved changes to regulations governing signage, including A-frame or other pedestrian signs often seen on downtown sidewalks. Under the new law, those signs now need to be permitted, with an associated one-time $125 fee, and also must comply with several other new requirements, including size and location.
The city decided to review its sign policy following citizen complaints about visual clutter as well as concerns that the pedestrian signs impede access by those with disabilities attempting to navigate the sidewalks. The goal, said City of Edmonds Development Director Shane Hope, was to reduce that clutter while still making sure businesses “have opportunities for reasonable signage.”
On Aug. 17, the Development Department sent a letter to all licensed businesses in the downtown/waterfront area — more than 570 of them — to make sure they know about the code update and the fact that they need a permit for their pedestrian signs.
Bountiful Home and Nursery owner Todd Waddell took to Facebook Thursday asking his customers for help in spreading the word that he is still open, now that he can longer have an A-frame sign on Main Street. The nursery is on Fourth Avenue off Main Street, and the tucked-in location makes it challenging for wandering downtown shoppers to come across. You can see the Facebook request here.
Hope said that so far, the city has received “only a few calls or visits from businesses” seeking more information on what’s required, but she added that if any business owner is uncertain, “we welcome anyone asking for clarification!”