On Friday, the fire hall down the street from me put up a new monument sign. With an electronic message center. With animated images and quickly cycling text. Which is visible from my living room and front patio.
Regarding electronic message centers, the town zoning code has the following regulations:
The zoning district is residential. The sign is not static. There's animation; blazing fireballs and the like. The sign displays messages that are incomplete; it takes two or more cycles, about two seconds each, to complete the message.(1) Message center signs may be included as a part of a permitted freestanding sign in any nonresidential district.
(2) The information displayed on a message center sign for advertisement purposes shall remain static for a period of no less than ten minutes. The display of time and temperature information may change at no less than one minute intervals.
(3) The transition between successive messages shall be instantaneous and shall not contain such visual effects as fading, dissolve, flashing, or animation.
(4) Each message displayed shall be complete in itself, without continuation in content to the next message or to any other sign.
I sent off an email to the town supervisor and planning director. The town doesn't normally enforce regulations for electronic message centers, but I tried to make the case that because this is a residential area, and the sign is visible from my living room couch, maybe they could make an exception. I'll let you know what happens.
In the past, I never reported zoning violations as a resident, even when they were right next door. I really don't want to be "that guy". This sign, though, was too much to ignore.
Have you ever complained about a zoning violation as a citizen?