Council signs up for sign bylaw

Election signs cluttering up city boulevards could soon be a thing of the past.

City council last night gave first three readings to a bylaw that would dictate where election signs can be erected in the city as well as the size of the signs.

Some key changes that would be implemented in the new Bylaw include:

  • permitting signage on designated municipal properties in the certain areas;
  • maximum sign face size of 3.0 m² (32 ft.²) on designated municipal properties, and maximum
  • sign face size of 1.5 m² (16 ft.²) on residential properties;
  • prohibiting election signs that obstruct or otherwise interfere with sight lines or movement of
  • motor vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists or any other highway traffic;
  • prohibiting placement of election signs within three (3) metres of a fire hydrant; and
  • preventing unauthorized use of the city logo, trademark or official mark.

If the proposed Bylaw is adopted, staff will develop public information materials outlining and illustrating the above changes. This information would be accessible to all candidates and the general public through the city’s website, and will also be included as part of the candidate information and nomination packages that are prepared and distributed in advance of local elections. In addition, a layer will also be created in PG Maps that will provide a visual reference for members of the public or prospective candidates wishing to view permitted sign locations online.

The proposed Bylaw does not prohibit election signs from being posted on privately owned

property with the approval of the property owner or occupant.

The city does not have the jurisdiction to regulate election and political signs along provincial highways within the city boundaries such as the Highway 16 and Highway 97 corridors.