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Freestanding signs are not permitted. The HDC defines freestanding signs to include any sign attached to, or part of a completely self-supporting structure, other than a building or a fence, including rock signs for commercial purposes. Refer to Appendix C for further information.
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Any residential, commercial, or municipal property owner or tenant wishing to display a sign exceeding 2’ by 6” in width or a second sign of any size on any lot, building, or structure must apply. Signs that are displayed on a building or a window and are visible from a traveled way (including temporary signs or the relocation or alteration of existing signs) must receive approval from the Historic District Commission.
A political sign is a temporary sign used to advertise candidates for public office or to address public concerns. The HDC encourages political signs to conform to all relevant stated guidelines. The HDC recommends political candidate signs be removed immediately following an election, however signage must be limited to 30 days.
A Non-Commercial sign is generally used to express concerns and political points of view. The HDC encourages non-commercial signs to conform to all relevant stated guidelines.
On occasion non-commercial yard signs gather in visible public spaces throughout the island and on private property. Sometimes the Town is asked to remove these signs however the "simple" answer is that such signs are considered an extension of free speech and are allowed in the public way and on private property. The Town has been advised that the power of the Town to regulate speech in a public way is limited. Due to a 2015 Supreme Court case (Reed v. Gilbert, AZ), a municipality may no longer regulate non-commercial signs based on the content of the message. Public streets and sidewalks are generally recognized as public forums. They are generally considered to be publicly owned areas where individuals have the right to traverse, speak freely, protest and assemble.
No sign shall be installed in a manner or location that obstructs a public way or causes any relevant safety concerns.
The Sign Advisory Council started meeting via Zoom on 06/23/20. They meet every Tuesday at 9:00 am. Participants will receive Zoom and meetings instructions. The link to the meeting will be posted on the Sign Advisory Council agenda. This will be a recorded meeting and is accessible 24 hours by clicking an additional link on the agenda. Participants are strongly urged to attend.