Fairport Harbor considering updates for sign ordinance

Mar. 12—Revisions and additions have been proposed for Fairport Harbor's sign ordinance.

Village Council is assessing an assortment of amendments that were recommended and submitted by the village Planning Commission.

Mayor Timothy Manross has asked council to offer opinions on the suggested changes at the group's next meeting on March 21.

Also at the March meeting, it's anticipated that council will schedule a public hearing, to give residents an opportunity to comment on the proposed sign ordinance updates. Following the public hearing, council likely will hear three separate readings of the measure before voting upon its passage or failure.

If council approves the amended legislation, the sign ordinance's section on types of signs would be expanded.

A new diagram of a pylon sign would be inserted alongside drawings of pole, monument and walls signs. A pylon sign is a freestanding display that is supported by two or more long, slender pieces of wood or metal.

Another new feature in this section would be definitions of types of signs, as well as sign structure and supporting structure.

Other proposed changes in the ordinance deal with sign height and the overall square footage in area for various types of signs. A new listing also would be created to specify the dimensions for permanent signs on the glass of windows and doors in commercial, manufacturing and marina districts.

The largest proposed addition to the ordinance would be a new section on changeable copy signs. These are signs or portions of signs on which "characters, letters or illustrations can be changed or rearranged by mechanical, electronic or manual means," according to a draft of the measure.

For electronic changeable copy signs, the new regulations would specify maximum brightness for daylight hours and between dusk and dawn.