DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

February 28, 2013

Derry officials closer to final sign rules update

By Julie Huss
jhuss@aol.com

---- — DERRY — All signs seem to be pointing to the end of the road.

Officials are nearing the end of their sign talks, making the town’s regulations a bit clearer on what is allowed and what is not.

The Planning Board heard final details on the sign ordinance at its meeting Feb. 20.

For several months, the topic of upgrading the town’s sign rules has come before town officials hoping to make some amendments to the rules for installing signs around the community. Those discussions include what sizes and types of signs will be allowed.

The town began revisiting its sign rules after a subcommittee put in place under the Planning Board slowed its pace on the project.

Now, upgrades are done and after one more public hearing, changes likely will be approved.

Having an updated ordinance in place would make the rules clearer about what’s allowed when developers come forward with projects, officials said.

Discussions have been held for months, bringing in sign experts to give their input, along with residents saying what they would like to see and what should be restricted when signs are installed near their homes.

Changes include some language and definition upgrades, and other details on restrictions for electronic and marquis-type signs.

Town Administrator John Anderson said the updated sign regulations would make the information easier to find within the town’s ordinances.

“All sign regulations will now be in one section and easy to find,” Anderson said. “We won’t make it a seek-and-destroy mission to find what the sign regulations are in the town of Derry.”

A second public hearing on the sign ordinance is set for March 6. Once the Planning Board votes on the document, it then goes to the Town Council for a final vote.