After months of discussion, the Trappe Planning Commission intends to propose a new ordinance that will affect signage within the borough.
All signs, including banners, yard sale and real estate signs, address, and memorial signs may be affected. If the ordinance is adopted, all individuals and businesses will be expected to comply. The zoning officer will have the authority to remove signs that are not in compliance and fines may be issued.
Currently the proposal lists 19 types of signs that will not be permitted in Trappe, including electronic signs, inflatable signs, balloons, streamers, signs painted on a building and signs attached to a utility pole.
Sandwich board signs will be permitted under the proposal, but must be purchased from the borough to ensure that signs are uniform in size, color and design.
The ordinance is an effort by the borough to set standards to enhance the character of the borough, to minimize distractions to motorists, and to ensure first amendment rights.
The draft of the proposed ordinance is available for review.
Council held a special meeeting regarding the ordinances on Feb. 12, and is expected to discuss the issue at its March 5 meeting.