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Sign bylaw makes allowance for election signs

Posted December 3, 2013

The last piece of the updated sign bylaw was slipped into place last night setting new ground rules for election signs that will prohibit them on various types of municipal property, and requiring consent of the property owner of the lands immediately abutting the road allowance.

The initial draft created a blank prohibition, but councillors agreed it was deemed unfair to non-incumbents and created an unlevel playing field for others because County Roads and Victoria Street as a provincial highway connecting link, were exempt from the provision.

As approved last night, an election sign shall not be:
illuminated; nor placed on the following municipally-owned properties or buildings, or on the road allowances immediately adjacent to: Municipal and Police office buildings or property; Public Works office and yards; Public Libraries; Recreation Centres; Arenas; Municipal
Parks/Parkettes; All Municipal Fire Halls; or erected within the sight triangle of an intersection.

The issue of road allowances was in answer to campaign signs being posted in front of homes, particularly in the urban area, which made it appear as if they were supporting that particular candidate. Because it was on the road allowance, the home owner could not remove the sign.

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