Village Wayfinding Signs – Modified Proposal

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO DENNIS SIGN CODE

 

To see if the Town of Dennis will make the following amendments to Chapter 151 of the Dennis General By-laws Sign Code by adding to Section 12 Definitions “Village Wayfinding Signs” and to Section 13

 

PART B  DEFINITIONS AND ALLOWED AND PROHIBITED SIGNS

§ 151-12. Definitions.

VILLAGE WAYFINDING SIGNS – Signs located within the Village of Dennisport a particular village designed to direct travelers to particular recreational or commercial destinations within that village. Village Wayfinding Signs shall consist of signs that are a part of a town or village sponsored and coordinated program for the purpose of facilitating tourist travel, guiding them to specific paths or to local destinations as designated and recognized by the Dennisport particular village’s wayfinding sign program    
APPOPRIATE VILLAGE COMMITTEE shall mean a Committee assigned by the Dennis Board of Selectmen with the task of creating a Village Wayfinding Sign Program.    
VILLAGE WAYFINDING SIGN PROGRAM shall mean a coordinated and continuous system of signs that direct tourists and other road users to key civic, cultural, visitor, and recreational attractions and other destinations within the Village of Dennisport.    

 

§ 151-13. Allowed Signs and conditions of use.

 

SIGN TYPE

PERMANENT (P) OR TEMPORARY (T)

PERMIT REQUIRED (Y/N)

TIME LIMIT

MAXIMUM SIZE RESTRICTIONS

Village Wayfinding Sign

P

Y

None * Individual wayfinding sign slats shall be 8 inches tall and 18 inches wide

 

* The common village identifier portion of a wayfinding sign shall be 12” tall and 24” wide.

 

 

§ 151-13. Allowed Signs and conditions of use. (continued)

 

 

SIGN TYPE

MAXIMUM HEIGHT ABOVE GRADE

OTHER RESTRICTIONS

NUMBER OF SIGNS

Village Wayfinding Sign Maximum height 12 20 feet with a minimum clearance to ground of 7 10 feet Must contain the village theme approved by the Dennis Board of Selectmen.

 

No more than three slats/panels per Wayfinding sign.

 

Lettering no larger than 4 inches in height.

 

No business logos, commercial graphics, or other forms of advertising shall be on wayfinding  signs.

 

The standards set in the MUTCD Section 2D.50 Community Wayfinding Signs shall be followed, except as specifically restricted in this proposal.

 

A single slat/panel within any group of three slats/panels may contain accessory information, such as “Open Today” “Music Tonight” etc, however destinations shall take priority over such accessory signs..

 

A business or destination must be located within 500 feet of a wayfinding sign.

 

The Appropriate Village Committee shall determine the placement of business names on wayfinding signs based upon a first come first served basis. In the event two requests are received at the same time priority shall be given to the nearest business.

One signpost containing one set of wayfinding signs per leg of the intersection.

 

No business may appear on more than two wayfinding signs.

The Town Street Name may appear on a Wayfinding sign and not be considered one of the three panels.

 

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5 thoughts on “Village Wayfinding Signs – Modified Proposal

  1. Bob juliano

    OK Delete commercial/business. Unfair and arbitrary. Puts too much on the head of any committee. Makeup of the committee needs to be identified. Granted I’m focusing on the Village Center. Probably a key element, who pays for and maintains them. I can support this only if the commercial element is not included. None of the websites I’ve visited shows a specific business. I’ll share this with the few merchants who show up on Thurs mornings.

  2. Marsha Ross

    I am so pleased with the proposal for the Wayfinding signs!! What a fantastic idea! I own the Hydrangea House on Depot St. We are off Rt 28 and it is harder for the traveling tourists to find us. They seem to drive right by as they drive along Rt 28. With these new signs, I am hoping to increase our visibility and increase this business’s chances to thrive. Thank you for developing this idea and I support it’s development.
    Marsha Ross

  3. Lois

    Bob Juliano’s comment is silly. A sign that simply says. “restaurant” serves no purpose. The name of the business is necessary in order for the shopper to identify the shop or restaurant they are looking for. That’s nice that Bob Juliano’s shop in on Rt 28, but the shops on the side roads need more help than just a sign that says “food”. Let’s be more considerate and reasonable to help Dennisport recover and grow. Dennisport needs all the help it can get, not more restrictive rules.

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