Photo courtesy of www.bikepedimages.org
/ Dan Burden
Signs can be used to direct, inform and entice. Properly designed,
signs can enhance the character of a community. However, if they
are too large, bright, or numerous, they may not blend well with
the existing area and may compete for drivers' attention with
important traffic signs and safety messages.
In the interest of traffic safety, tourism development, and concern
for the appearance of the community, municipalities may regulate
signage through adoption of a sign regulation, or as part of its
zoning ordinance. Although sign standards can only minimally regulate
content, they can specify design, and limit size, location, and
the number of words per sign. Communities can create guidelines
for developers which demonstrate (preferably by illustration)
how good signs fit within the surroundings and enhance the appearance
of the community.