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Shaler approves new rules for signs in the township

| Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Shaler officials have updated the township's sign usage law as part of a year-long review of its code book of ordinances.

Restrictions on signs previously were so extensive that many businesses had to go to Shaler's zoning hearing board to ask for variances. This involved a $400 application fee and a time-consuming process for township staff.

Commissioners voted last week to approve new sign rules. Changes to other ordinances will follow.

“This is the first one we wanted to get out, because it causes us the most grief in terms of variance requests,” said township manager Tim Rogers.

The sign ordinance limits the height of businesses' signs, the length of time temporary signs can be displayed and the number of signs a business can have on its property.

While the new sign ordinance provides restrictions based on zoning district, it also regulates signs by corridors including the Mt. Royal Boulevard and Seavey Road area, Babcock Boulevard and Evergreen Road area and the Route 8 and East Ohio Street areas.

For the first time, electronic signs now are permitted in certain locations.

Shaler's planning commission worked with representatives from Environmental Planning & Design, a Downtown-based firm hired to help rewrite the ordinances, for one year.

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or bhofstetter@tribweb.com.

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