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Waynesboro Planning Commission eyes changes to sign ordinance

February 12, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Waynesboro Planning Commission on Monday further considered changes it would like to see made to an ordinance that would govern electronic signs.

Waynesboro opted to change its ordinance to prevent challenges to a clause that allows signs to change only once every 24 hours, according to planning commission member Stephen Monn.

"We wanted also to have very strict areas where those signs can be. ... We're concerned with the downtown business district and what we're trying to see and do there," Monn said.

The planning commission has regulations from the Borough of Chambersburg and Washington Township to review.

"When it comes to commercial activity, regulating the speech of that activity comes into how quickly that sign can change. ... The sign lobbyists and sign industry have any study you can imagine to justify the shortest changes," Solicitor Melissa Dively said.

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She said if Waynesboro adopted Chambersburg, Pa.'s regulations, it could probably justify changes every 15 seconds.

"I think what I'd like to do is have (the borough engineer and solicitor) put together a proposal for the planning commission for the next meeting," said Jon Fleagle, chairman of the planning commission.

Waynesboro Councilman Ronnie Martin previously said signs with changing messages should be allowed on Main Street west of Grant Street and east of Walnut Street. They should also be permitted in the commercial and industrial zones of South Potomac Street, he said.

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