A few weeks after East Hampton Village held a hearing on a proposal to downsize real estate signs, trustees decided to compromise slightly on size. However, the board did discuss including a slew of additional signs, including limiting what the signs can say and the color of the signs.
And, if passed, the new law will apply to contractors and other similar industries.
"I think we agree that the signage that we originally indicated in the hearing is too small," Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. said of the 1.5 square foot proposal at a work session on Thursday. Currently, the signs are allowed to be as much of 7 square feet.
Instead, the village board agreed 18 by 18 inches, or 2.5 square feet, was more appropriate. The village has to re-notice the hearing with the new measurements and restrictions.
The board decided the following restrictions would also be apart of the proposal:
- Signs will only be allowed to be one-sided.
- They will be placed parallel to the property.
- The height, from the bottom of the post to the top, could be no more than 3 feet (right now it's 4 feet).
- Signs will have to be white with black letterings.
- The posts the signs are on will have to be black metal posts.
- Only three lines of text will be allowed on the sign with the name of the real estate agency, the broker and the phone number.
- Contractor signs will have to come down when the work is completed.
- The new law will apply to all districts in the village, including the commercial district.
Deputy Mayor Barbara Borsack said she would prefer a white post, as she found it more attractive than black metal. However, Rick Lawler said he felt metal poles would be easier to put in and take out given that the signs are temporary.
The board did conclude that the village should not require permits for such temporary signs.
Village attorney Linda Reilly will draft the legislation for the board to review at its next meeting. A hearing will then be scheduled.
"I repeat for the umpteenth time, this is a work in progress," Rickenbach said.