City moves ahead on updating sign regulations

A growing number of Terrace businesses wish to install animated LED signs

  • Apr. 1, 2014 6:00 a.m.

The city wants to have its sign bylaw revised by the end of the year to reflect the growing number of businesses wishing to install animated LED signs.

A spate of variance permits to allow animated signs outside of the C2 commercial zone inspired the revision. Boston Pizza was the first company to apply for a variance last year, and was granted permission to install a 3.5 square metre animated sign.

Currently these signs are only allowed in major commercial centres such as the Skeena Mall.

Council has already said other variance permits should not allow for animated signs larger than Boston Pizza’s.

The Boston Pizza sign also set a precedent for third party advertising as LED signs can be  programmed to display ads not associated with the principal business.

The Boston Pizza sign also displayed ads for Nechako Northcoast, which shares owners with Boston Pizza. This drew critical reaction from neighbouring businesses, who reported their displeasure to the city.

“We have allowed Boston Pizza to keep the Nechako ad running until the end of April 2014,” said city development services director David Block. “Boston Pizza has been clearly informed that they cannot run any further third party ads on this, or any, signs on the commercial property.”

Since Boston Pizza’s sign went up, Terrace Home Hardware, Your Decor, and Lindsay Enterprises Inc were given variance permits for animated signs of various sizes and heights.

Block said that future variance permits might be deferred until after the city’s sign bylaw is amended.

“In the event another similar application is made staff will likely recommend against issuing any further variances pending an update of the bylaw,” said Block.

The new bylaw could include set back rules for signs at busy intersections.

 

Just Posted

College buys a yurt to boost student success

Round tent-like structure part of college instructional shift

Soup kitchen sees “groundswell of community support”

Donations toward looming tax bill push non-profit back in the black

Terrace husband and wife honoured for saving each other’s lives

BC Ambulance presented each a Vital Link Award for separate incidents of CPR

Council supports lobby for fair share of cannabis tax revenue

The City of Terrace is throwing its support behind a West Kelowna… Continue reading

Airport registers modest passenger increase

Manager anticipates further growth in 2018 as expansion project nears completion

Airport registers modest passenger increase

Manager anticipates further growth in 2018 as expansion project nears completion

RCMP nail sex toy thief

Shop owner plays a role in arrest

Ice-cream-eating bear draws controversy

An Alberta Wildlife Park posted a video this week of one of their bears going through a Dairy Queen drive-through

Fernie, RCMP go to court over city log books in fatal ammonia leak probe

Log books center stage in clashing of investigations between the city and RCMP

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

Co-founder Tony Holler said the 700,000 sq. ft. facility would produce 100,000 kg of pot per year

High-end whisky seized in B.C. bar raids

Raids end in seizures at Victoria, Nanaimo and Vancouver whisky joints

Double-doubles and demonstrations: Employees rally outside Tim Hortons

Protests held in response to Ontario franchise owners cutting employee benefits and breaks

Train derails in Northwest B.C.

CN reports no injuries or dangerous goods involved after coal train derailment.

Las Vegas shooter acted alone, exact motive still undetermined: Sheriff

Stephen Paddock was behind the gunfire that killed 58 people including two Canadians

Most Read