OhioPlanner said:The APA guide is really helpful.
Content Neutral? All sign ordinances are supposed to be content neutral. You are not legally allowed to regulate on the basis of content. That would be a violation of free speech.
In Oregon, that is the case. I'm not sure about other states, however, since the free speech provision in Oregon's constitution is broader than that in the federal bill of rights.SideshowBob said:So in other words, if a sign otherwise meets your standards, it can advertise something else? If a pizza parlor wants to use some of its signage to advertise for Target, it can do so?
Put another way, it is not legal to say that signs must not be "off-premise," meaning that they cannot advertise something that does not occur on the site
Not so in NH. Off premise signs are entirely "bannable." You just have to be consistent in how they're treated, and cannot treat different types of speech differently.SideshowBob said:Put another way, it is not legal to say that signs must not be "off-premise," meaning that they cannot advertise something that does not occur on the site
mcmplans said:Does anyone have any good examples of content neutral sign ordinances? I am in the process of doing a rewrite of our sign ordinance and am leaning toward content neutral (as is the Mayor and Board) and need some examples. Help?