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Published on Friday, July 28, 2017

Town seeking public input on sign bylaw

Do current restrictions on signs meet the needs of the public?

Town seeking public input on sign bylaw
Town seeking public input on sign bylaw
- Oakville Beaver file photo
Oakville Beaver

The Town of Oakville is asking residents to help shape the development of its new sign bylaw.

Town staff are reviewing the existing sign bylaw to ensure signs displayed in Oakville address the needs of local businesses without posing safety risks or being eyesores.

Interested parties can share their thoughts on the type and number of signs permitted in the town by completing a short online survey until Sept. 5.

“In 2006, council established a sign bylaw providing clear rules for groups to communicate with residents while supporting public safety and the character of Oakville’s streetscapes,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton.

“This review is an opportunity for residents to help ensure that bylaw addresses the needs of local businesses while supporting the character and objectives of the community.”

Town staff said the sign bylaw was put in place to:

• Guide the types of advertising signs that are allowed on public and private property;

• Support the town’s objectives to manage visual clutter, ensure the health and safety of the public, and preserve Oakville’s unique character;

• Provide a balance between the town’s objectives and the advertising interests of businesses.

Town staff point out sign technology has changed significantly since the bylaw was established in 2006 and the bylaw review will consider these changes to ensure streetscapes and the public are not negatively impacted.

The four guiding principles of the review are:

• Health and safety — the design, location, maintenance, and operation of signs should not pose a safety hazard for drivers, cyclists, or pedestrians;

• Maintaining the community character — signs should be compatible with their surroundings;

• Economic development — signs should contribute to the economic well-being of businesses and communities;

• Respecting the Charter of Rights and Freedoms — balancing of the town’s objectives with the rights and interests of the business community.

Residents can share their opinions by taking the online survey at www.oakville.ca until Sept. 5.

In addition, residents and members of the business community will have the chance to provide input at a series of open houses in September.
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Author: Mayor Rob Burton

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