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Changing Waynesville's Sign Ordinance

After hearing complaints that its sign ordinance is too restrictive, Waynesville is working on a new policy that could change the towns landscape.

Proposals include bigger and taller signs that would be allowed in the business districts along Russ Avenue, near Walmart, and Dellwood.

Katrinka Webb runs Shear Glory Hair Salon along Russ Avenue. "As a small business owner that would be great, it would help us tremendously", she says.

Planning leaders say there are other suggestions like allowing temporary banners for businesses to use during special promotions. A second major addition would be an allowance for small portable signs in our central business areas like the sandwich board type signs, says Waynesville Planning Director Paul Benson.

Bensons says even inflatable signs or animals are being considered in the business districts. Those would be allowed only on an occasional basis for a limited amount of time, he says. They would not be allowed in National Historic Districts like Main Street and Frog Level.

As long as it is out of the downtown area I don't have a problem with it, says Phyllis Raines, visiting from Florida.

Jack Wadham runs Frog Pond Downsizing. He says the town's existing sign ordinance is very restrictive and has not been applied evenly.  Because it allows one person to do one thing and somebody else to do something else, he says.

To keep an eye on creating a new policy he joined the sign ordinance citizens committee. I'm working with them to try to make sure that whatever signage is put into law that it's going to be fair for everybody.

Planners want to hear the input from businesses, citizens, and visitors.  A public hearing is scheduled with the Planning Board for 6 p.m. Monday at Waynesville Town Hall.

By Rex Hodge
Follow Rex on Twitter @RexHodgeWLOS


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