At tonight’s Flagstaff City Council Meeting I referenced a recent sign code proposal I made. This is intended to simplify our sign code and help small businesses. Here is the proposal.
Temporary Sign Proposal
Over the past several months I have visited with many Flagstaff businesses regarding temporary signs, specifically A-Frame signs. Here are some suggestions regarding changing our existing sign code.
1. Allow A-Frame Signs without a permitting process and allow these signs to be self regulated on private property with a complaint driven enforcement.
2. Develop basic design standards to ensure Flagstaff remains visually pleasing.
• Construction material of the signs, ie. weather proof material
• A maximum size, perhaps based on total surface area, for example a maximum size of 3’x3′ per side or a maximum of 18 square feet, or 9 square feet per side.
3. Signs need to be properly secured.
4. Signs can only be placed on private property and must only be out during the businesses operating hours. These would be brick and mortar hours, not website hours.
5. To regulate the amount of signs we should develop a maximum amount allowed per lineal footage or frontage. For example, 100 feet of frontage would be allowed a maximum of 2 signs at any given time.
6. Limitations on what you can attach to the temporary signs. For example, balloons, flags etc. Should we allow attachments of these objects?
Finding a practical solution to allowing businesses to better utilize temporary signage will greatly help our local businesses. Signage is important to a businesses success and study after study have proven that temporary and in particular A-Frame signs boost sales significantly when appropriately used. We should strive to simplify this portion of our sign code and allow our local businesses to utilize this tool.
I look forward to discussing this as a Council soon.