DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

February 7, 2013

Derry officials continue sign ordinance talk

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — DERRY — Officials are continuing to talk about signs.

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.

Now, everyone is back on track and working hard to get the rules and regulations updated.

Having an updated ordinance in place would make the rules about what’s allowed and what isn’t clearer when developers come forward to plan projects.

At a meeting Jan. 28, planners heard public input.

Past reviews have put restrictions on electronic signs, how bright signs can be, how big or tall the structure can be, and where they can be located in reference to a new building.

Cliff Conti of New Hampshire Signs told officials the town of Derry has been very business friendly during his 18 years of designing signs.

“Derry has not been overly restrictive,” he said.

He said some of the sign regulations earmarked for the downtown area could stand a bit more flexibility, especially the height requirements being considered.

A second public hearing will be planned later this month to continue the sign talk, officials said. Once the Planning Board votes on the sign guideline updates, it then goes to the Town Council for a final vote.