, Derry, New Hampshire

July 25, 2013

Derry Planning Board continues to ponder signs

By Julie Huss

---- — DERRY — The signs are still not pointing to the end of the discussion where the town’s sign rules are concerned.

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.

In April, town councilors wanted a few more revisions before they officially gave approval.

That sent the document back to the Planning Board.

At a meeting July 17, planning officials once again looked over the revised sign rules — changes and updates that will make the town’s regulations a bit clearer, spelling out more definitively what is allowed and what isn’t.

Code enforcement director Bob Mackey said the process has been long, but it’s good for the town.

“It will make (the sign ordinance) more business-friendly, more solid,” he said.

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

Revisions include language upgrades and clearer definitions for different types of signs in various zones in town.

A lot of emphasis was put on the size of allowable real estate signs on both commercial and residential properties.

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

Seven workshops and several public hearings later, signs are pointing to the end. At least that’s what officials are hoping for.

Planning Board Chairman David Granese said the process has gone on long enough.

“All the time we’ve spent on this,” he said, “I don’t want to see it bounced back again.”

Another Planning Board public hearing on the sign revisions will take place in September. The document will then head back to Town Council for final approval.