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Sign Ordinances Affect Full Scope of Planning and Design Process

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Signage regulations on the Planning Board agenda again? Decisions made in those meetings often have broad implications.

As this article points out, signage ” … is a complicated issue as it deals directly with the First Amendment of the Constitution and is a result of a ruling in the Supreme Court Case of Reed vs. Gilbert in 2015.” The court’s ruling on the Reed vs. Gilbert case clarified when municipalities may impose content-based restrictions on signage.

Understanding how local municipalities enforce signage regulations is one thing; working with local officials to develop and fulfill the community’s vision for all types of signage and visual communication is quite another thing.

From the architectural planning process to design, permitting. fabrication and installation, we consider the long-term impact and life of the sign. It starts with how signage communicates and builds our client’s brand, but it doesn’t stop there. In each phase we also consider how the signage plays in the larger commercial development, and within the community.

We’ve worked in the signage industry long enough to understand the broader issues and implications that are often lurking behind local signage decisions, as well as our clients’ design considerations, from branding to the budget’s bottom-line. Want that kind of expertise on your next development project? Contact us.

Metro Sign & Awning's Insight
Attend a Planning Board meeting almost anywhere and you may be reminded of the catchy 1970s song lyrics, "signs, signs everywhere a sign." In fact, much Planning Board business revolves around local sign ordinances...and how they are interpreted in light of the US Constitution.
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