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Does anyone know of standards for those signs you see at the entrances to town with several service club logos and times and places of meetings? I have been charged with coming up with standards/design.
They should be held to the same standards as any other outdoor advertising. In too many towns they sit at the gateways rusting beyond recognition. But life is short, and I decided not to tackle the isssue in any of my jobs. I did get one group to replace their rust and install new signage.
Use of those signs seem to be fading away. I see them a lot in the Northeast, particularly suburban communities, but they're quite rare in most other parts of the country. Exceptions in sign regulations to allow off-premises signs in the public right-of-way for churches is another relic of the 1950s that you'll sometimes encounter.
On a somewhat related topic ...
I'm thinking about an amendment to the sign regulations in my little town to permit a few off-premises signs in the pubic right-of-way -- the signs would be placed only at a few strategic intersections, uniform in style and size, and permit up to six or eight directional signs, each 9" high x 3" long, to identify new home development and significant town landmarks. (Once a development is complete, they have to give up their "slot" for a new sign.) The signs would be paid for through a surcharge on building permits for new houses.
Dan, Virginia's DOT has a program of what they call "Home Directory Signs" which they are implementing in Prince William County, VA. Apparently, as I understand it, the Builder Association actually pays for the sign & coordinates with VDOT the locations of the signs & who gets on the sign. Good luck!