The Times West Virginian

November 29, 2012

Sign ordinance: Be ‘pro-business’

By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — At a work session Wednesday evening, representatives from the Fairmont City Council along with members of the Fairmont Planning Commission discussed changes to be made to a proposed sign ordinance before it becomes adopted by city council.

Work on the ordinance began about 14 months ago, and City Planner Kathy Wyrosdick said that the purpose of the ordinance was to lessen regulations that were already in place.

Major updates to the existing regulations included refinement of the regulations to make them easier to understand, updates to reflect new zoning districts, the addition of allowable electronic message (dynamic) signs and to move regulations from the Building and Housing Code into the Zoning Code to justify variance requests.

The main issues of concern that halted the ordinance from being passed by council in June were the regulations related to dynamic sign usage.

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