A-frame signs only allowed when sales office is open

ADI A-frameI’ve received a number of calls from residents about an A-frame sign that periodically appears at the corner of Martha & Lakeshore advertising a potential future development in that area. Attached is a picture of the sign that I took on Friday night, Sept. 18. The sign is no longer there. As of this writing, the sign has not reappeared.

The rules around A-frames require that a sales office be opened for the sign to be placed on the city boulevard. As there is no sales office open, this sign is not permitted. The developer has been notified by our by-law staff. If you see the sign reappear, please contact our bylaw office directly for action at:

City of Burlington By-law Enforcement Office
Telephone: 905-335-7731

For background, the section of the city’s sign bylaw dealing A-frames is below.

Please note that despite the A-frame sign, and the signage on the hoarding surrounding the future development site, this development has not been approved. It was not supported by city staff, or by city councilors, and has been appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board for a decision. The hearing is expected in March 2016. For more information on the background click on the articles below:

ADI development not approved despite sign

I will keep residents informed about the outcome of this proposed development.

The sign bylaw permits :

6.7.5 Identification and directional signs for a model homes/sales office

may be erected on the road allowance subject to the following regulations:

(a) No sign shall have a sign area greater than 1.1 m2 per face and no one dimension greater than 1.2 m.

(b) No sign shall be illuminated.

(c) No sign shall be erected in a manner that obstructs pedestrian or vehicular movement.

(d) No sign shall be erected in a manner that impedes the visibility of vehicular traffic at a driveway entrance or street intersection.

(e) No sign located in a visibility triangle shall be greater in height than 1 m.

(f) No sign shall be attached to or supported by a light standard, utility pole or traffic control device.

(g) No sign shall be located closer than 1 m to the curb or the edge of the traveled portion of the roadway where there is no curb.

(h) No sign shall be erected on a median or traffic island.

(i) No sign shall have more than two (2) faces.





Written by Marianne Meed Ward

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