Highway billboards part of discussion as C.P. looks to revise sign regulations

2013-08-18T20:15:00Z 2013-08-18T21:11:24Z Highway billboards part of discussion as C.P. looks to revise sign regulationsSusan Erler susan.erler@nwi.com, (219) 662-5336 nwitimes.com
August 18, 2013 8:15 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Rules governing the size and spacing of roadway billboards are among those being considered for revision by a panel of city officials.

Billboards along Interstate 65 would be permitted closer together than they are now under the proposed changes, allowing a distance of 1,250 feet compared with the current 2,500 feet.

Billboards outside the I-65 corridor, such as on Broadway or Main Street, still would be required to be at least 2,500 feet from another billboard.

The changes to a city ordinance governing signs have been under consideration for several months. Businesses increasingly have been asking the city to permit more signs, larger signs and signs set closer to the road and to one another than currently allowed.

A workshop discussion by the Plan Commission last week was continued to the board's September meeting for more talks before a final vote is taken.

Not all the proposed changes apply to billboards.

Revised rules would require flags, pennants and banners to be fastened to a business's physical building rather than be staked into the ground outside, where they can fly onto neighboring properties or into the road.

Changes also are proposed for the amount of signage permitted on businesses within commercial centers and for the use of sandwich board-type signs.

City Planning Administrator Christopher Meyers and Plan Commission Attorney Joseph Irak began working on the revisions in April.

The Plan Commission meets next Sept. 9.

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