PTC to regulate — or ban — walking signs, mascots
You’ve seen them: costumed or not, holding signs alongside the road promoting a local business.
While they are not about to become an endangered species in Peachtree City, they may not be seen nearly as often if a new city ordinance is approved that restricts the amount of times they can appear in a given year.
Such an ordinance was discussed Monday night by the Peachtree City Planning Commission. Another version was bandied about that would fully ban such “walking signs.”
The ordinance that would allow the use of walking signs would restrict them to remaining on the property of the business that is being advertised, and the business would be allowed to use walking signs for up to seven days a week for four times a year.
Commissioners discussed cutting the number of opportunities down to two a year and perhaps shrinking the number of days as well.
New Planning Commissioner David Conner said he favored a total ban on walking signs.
“What if we allow this for non-profits,” Conner said. “... That would take care of the ‘gold man’ out there and the ‘cellphone man,’ the tackier side of these things.”
Fellow new Planning Commissioner Horace Batiste said he understands the safety concerns of adopting a walking sign ordinance and his main concern was for the safety of kids waving signs on the side of the road to promote carwash fundraisers, for example.
“Other than that, I agree with you,” Batiste said of Conner’s suggestion for a complete ban on the walking signs.
No final decisions were made as Community Development Director David Rast said he preferred to tweak a proposed ordinance before a vote of the commission. While the final say on any ordinance rests with the City Council, the planning commission will provide a vote of recommendation either to adopt or not adopt the ordinance.