There's a hearing tonight at my county. I live in a New Urbanist TND, and a developer is finally building out our commercial space. They have a walkable downtown style atmosphere planned and are very much trying for the new urbanist ideal. Unfortunately the county ordinances for signage require all the businesses to have the same size color type and font signs. The county ordinances enforce ugly suburban strip-mall sprawl aesthetic. The developer wants to allow businesses the freedom put up hanging blade signs, paint signs in windows, put corner signs up, etc. likw you would see in a typical downtown.

I'm going to the hearing tonight where the developer is asking for an exception to the rules. Wish me luck. If anyone has any advice, it would be appreciated. This is the first time I've ever done anything like this. Since reading "Suburban Nation" I'm aware that NU/TND designs break a lot of county codes and you have to fight with local ordinances in order to build in traditional ways.