Sign Ordinance Change Likely in Broadway District

The Borough Council came to a consensus at their Tuesday night work session to vote on an ordinance to ease restrictions on signs along the Broadway corridor.

The Borough Council is likely to vote on changes to sign ordinances in the Broadway District at their next public meeting, which is set for Tuesday.

Current ordinances limit signs to two feet in height, and the height of lettering to 16 inches. The Broadway Improvement Corporation, which worked with the Council on the ordinance, said that while the old regulations might make sense for the rest of the town, applying them to a highway district makes little sense.

The new ordinance will relax restrictions on signs along the Broadway corridor.

The ordinance, said district administrator Donald Smartt, “will go a long way toward helping the business community get an aesthetic that is pleasing to the district and works within the context of a highway commercial district.”

They claim that the ordinance will remove many of the costly variances that discourage new business opportunities, and represent a step toward the implementation of the “vision plan” the BIC presented for the economic revitalization of the Broadway district in 2008.

Deputy Mayor Ed Trawinski emphasized that the measure had not been taken up sooner due to legal impediments to enacting zoning changes that had been placed on the borough by court decisions in recent years.

“This will end the year on a continued up note and help us implement the low hanging fruit that the vision plan for Broadway offered you almost four years ago now,” Smartt said.

funny haha November 26, 2012 at 02:37 PM
pete i do not live right near broadway... unlike many commenters i have common sense. if a purchased a home right near a business district, i would not be suprised by increased letter size in billboards. buying a house near broadway and being angry about this would be like: -buying a house in a flood zone and being suprised when it floods. -buying a house near a school and being suprised it is noisey and crowded around 8 am and 3 pm -buying a house that boarders 208 and complaining your backyard is too noisey i wanted to live in a quite nieghborhood, so i purchased a home on a quite side street in fair lawn.
Mei Won Sum November 26, 2012 at 03:29 PM
nice plug for the municipal judge with that pic there.
fred November 26, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Hope your house floods out during the next storm. One stupid statement deserves this type of reply.
funny haha November 26, 2012 at 07:37 PM
fred- i lived in my house for 30 years without any flood issues. when i purchased my house i did research and made sure i did not buy a house in a flood zone. i could have saved a lot of money and bought a house in a flood zone or next to a busy/business area like broadway or river rd but realized those would give me future problems. broadway is a HIGHWAY! if you bought a house near a HIGHWAY and an increase in advertisements signs bother you, than you were pretty stupid to buy a house that close to broadway. my main point is how much people complain about the "problems" in FL instead of actually doing something about it. if you dont like the council start a group who holds similiar views to you and select a couple people to run for council. if this article wasnt written NO ONE would have even noticed a difference in the billboards, yet you nut jobs have to make negative comments about it.
Izzi November 27, 2012 at 06:47 AM
When a town’s “Main Street” looks depressed and aesthetically outdated, which Broadway does, and doesn’t offer easily accessible parking, which Broadway doesn’t, it won’t attract customers who are used to shopping in aesthetically modern malls filled with beautiful stores. If Broadway can’t attract customers then there’s no incentive for new businesses to open and commercial spaces go vacant. If no new businesses open, there’s no one to offer jobs. If there are no jobs, people move away to where the jobs are, and new home buyers won’t move into the area unless the price of the home is right. If a homebuyer thinks the price is right, there’s a good chance that the home seller will think it’s wrong because it’ll probably be lower than they had hoped to get. And that, my friend, is what lowers property values. Broadway is becoming functionally obsolete because it’s stuck in the 70’s and 80’s and needs WAY more than a change in its sign ordinance to give it new life and help Fair Lawn increase property values.


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