Supervisors, planners to discuss changes to sign ordinance

by Quinton Sheppard - Posted on May 11, 2011 - 04:07 PM

Members of the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors will be able to sit down with planning commissioners Tuesday night to discuss more in-depth proposed changes to Gloucester’s sign ordinance. The joint meeting will begin at 7 o’clock in the colonial courthouse.

The proposed changes are many, but some of the highlights include allowing temporary signs for businesses in certain districts, while not allowing off-premises signs for businesses.

The Gloucester County Planning Commission recommended that temporary signs be allowed in the B-1 (general business), B-3 (office business) and B-4 (rural business) districts. Included in the recommendation is that the signs be placed for a maximum of 30 days at a time, for a total of 120 days a year.

The commission also recommended that one on-premises and one free-standing sign be allowed for each business, with minimum setback reduced to 10 feet from the right-of-way if consistent with height for a monument sign.

Several business owners expressed concern that if temporary signs are not allowed in their district, it will prohibit them from being as competitive. Other business owners voiced the opinion that businesses at shopping centers need more advertising than the small mentions a single shopping center sign gives them.