The city’s Planning and Zoning Board will hold a public hearing at 5 p.m. on Oct. 22 to discuss more amendments to the new sign regulations adopted in May.
Following the public hearing at City Hall, 201 W. Central Ave., the board will consider a recommendation for amendments in response to public comment, as requested by the Lake Wales City Commission.
Allowing internally lit and electronic (digital) signs in all commercial zoning districts on U.S. 27 and Mountain Lake Cutoff Road will be considered, according to Margaret Swanson, director of planning and development. Lifting the ban on such signs in downtown is not recommended by the Historic District Regulatory Board, but the Planning Board may consider recommending that the ban be lifted on the Scenic Highway outside of the older commercial areas near downtown. Allowing small neon signs in business display windows will also be considered.
Phasing out A-frame signs in the downtown in favor of group “way-finder” signs has been suggested by members of the Planning Board and Historic Board. The way-finder signs could be located at strategic spots around downtown to point out the locations of the various businesses.
The issues under discussion were raised for the most part during the review of the new ordinance in May when the commission requested that the Planning Board hold a series of meetings to determine what additional changes may be needed to address the concerns of businesses.
A questionnaire survey mailed to 478 commercial utility customers (19 responses) and several Planning Board hearings have garnered very little public input, according to Swanson.