Warnings & Public Hearings

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Public Hearing Monday, May 6, 2024 at 7:00 pm

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on Monday, May 6, 2024 at 7:00 PM, the City Council will hold a public hearing and second reading on possible amendments to the City’s Sign Ordinance. The hearing will be held in person and remotely via GoToMeeting. Participation options:

The proposed amendments would (1) replace “Sign Design District” with “City Center Sign District,” modifying geographic applicability and streamlining review process; (2) expand permissibility for perpendicular signs citywide; (3) prohibit new free-standing signs within the City Center Sign District except along specific roadways; (4) expand allowances for temporary sidewalk signs and continue to allow larger temporary signs and banners as event signs; (5) prohibit free-standing signs within designated site amenities and civic spaces; (6) expand allowance for wall signs on single-tenant buildings; (7) clarify that School District signage is exempt under the same allowances as City signage; (8) expand the allowed size for “help wanted” and similar signs; (9) expand allowances for commercial flags; (10) extend requirements for internally-illuminated signs to have opaque backgrounds City wide; (11) extend compliance period for newly-created non-conformities to come into compliance within seven (7) years; and (12) clarify definitions, including for prohibited sign types, incorporate legal and technical corrections, and update fine schedule.

Following the public hearing and second reading, the City Council may take action on final passage of the amendment.

Copies of the proposed amendments are available for inspection at the Department of Planning & Zoning, City Hall, 3rd Floor, 180 Market Street, and on the city website at www.sbvt.gov.

Tim Barritt, City Council Chair

April 11, 2024