Radium Hot Springs discusses changing their signage bylaws

The Village of Radium Hot Springs is going to discuss the possibility of changing its signage bylaw. Photo courtesy Village of Radium Hot Springs

The Village of Radium Hot Springs, B.C., is discussing the possibility of changing its signage bylaw.

According to a report from columbiavalleypioneer.com, at a meeting on Dec. 15, councillors and staff discussed if it was time to update the signage after being around for some time.

Radium bylaw officer Kent Kebe said in the report there have been several inquiries about putting up new signage from business owners in the village, but only one permit has been issued. He said many of the inquiries focused on scrolling letters, flashing signs, and bright picture signs.

“The majority, if not all of those features, are in contravention of our existing sign bylaw,” said Kebe in the report from columbiavalleypioneer.com.

Councillor Mike Grey said the village needs something that is consistent, rather than deciding on signage on a case-to-case basis, as the approach could lead to a business getting a sign approved, then council deciding they don’t like the signage and eventually turning down other applications. He said this approach could give quick-off-the-draw businesses an advantage over other businesses.

“It has to be an even playing field. It has to be fair,” said Grey in the report.

No decision or bylaw changes have been made to date. Council will be meeting again to further discuss the idea of changing the sign bylaws.  

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