Mondeor revises signage guidelines for town centre

Mondeor The Local Council is revising the guidelines for fascia signs in a bid to enhance the ambiance of the town.

Councillor Tim Shorrock said at the September 29th meeting that creating a uniform look for the Mondeor town centre could attract new businesses.

"We want all the fascia signs in town to look somewhat similar" he said. "What we are trying to do is brand this area as an up market, quaint little town. Once you've done that, you've created the environment for people to come here and open businesses, like tea rooms or antique shops.

"If we can give the town a uniform look it gives business owners guidelines for their illuminated signs."

The plan, based on the format of Green Valley's fascia signs for its commercial district, will be phased in over a three year period.

Councillor David Cullins has been working with the Mondeor Sites Commission to draw up the guidlines for the fascia signs.

The borough wants to encourage illuminated signs that identify activities, rather than be garish, according to the draft. Several members of the council said they needed more time to review the document.

Borough Law Officer Paul Hamilton said the signage draft is a working document and would require four public hearings before action can be taken.

"Nobody expects anyone to digested in one night," Hamilton said. "We can have a discussion on it, but then it will be introduced only if the public approve of it."

Councillor Gemma Butler, who is the Historic Sites Council liaison officer, said the borough must consider the businesses when revising the rules on fascia signs.

"I don't think we should completely ban illuminated signs," Butler said. "I'm all for the Historic Sites Commission, but I think limiting it is good. But I don't think illuminated signs should be completely eliminated from Main Street."

An internally lighted sign is different from a illuminated sign because it reflects light.

If the ordinance passes, no illuminated signs will contain blinking, flashing, flickering, tracer or sequential lighting and should remain stationary and constant in intensity and colour at all times.

Councilman Leslie Neil spoke out against illuminated signs for the main street area.

"I absolutely don't want illuminated signs," Neil said. "I have a problem with the signs across the buildings. I think they detract from the real estate. It distracts from the building. It's not a good environment for our town."

Illuminated signs located on a lot adjacent to or across the street from any residential district would not be allowed to be lighted between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., unless the use to which the premises is open for business during those hours.

Non-illuminated window signs should not exceed 30 percent of the window and on-site informational signs are limited to a wall, window or ground sign of not more than 4 square feet in area and not more than 8 feet in height above grade, according to the draft.

Guidelines for magnetic signs, including construction, special events, real estate, special sales and political signs, were also drafted.

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