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.