The color of real estate and contractor signs, as well as the type of posts they are mounted on, isn't part of a proposal put out to the public to compact temporary real estate and contractor signs in East Hampton Village.
At a meeting on Friday, the village board voted in favor of a new proposal to limit the size of signs hanging in front of properties that are up for sale or under construction. While the amendment to the village code does include some mandates on where a sign's post can be placed and when a sign needs to come down, it does not include some of the restrictions the board discussed at its last work session in early February.
The board has proposed that real estate and contractor signs be limited to no more than 18-by-18 inches (2.5 square feet) with lettering on only one side. No objects could be appended to real estate sign, such as "Under Contract" or "Sold." All signs' posts would have to be parallel to the street and the maximum height of of the sign and post could be no more than 3 feet above grade — unless a sign is posted in a window. Lastly, real estate signs would have to be removed no later than the date the property's deed is transferred.
A public hearing will be held in the Emergency Services Building meeting room on March 16 at 11 a.m.
"There was a general consensus of agreement that maybe the restrictions on the paint — black lettering with a white background — was too restrictive," Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. said after the meeting. Other restrictions have been left out of the new proposal, too.
The board had talked about mandating the type of post signs could be mounted on, such as a white wooden post or black metal stakes. Allowing only three lines of text was also considered. The mayor said he had reached out the board members individually since the work session to discuss what attorney Linda Riley should draw up for a public hearing.
Deputy Mayor Barbara Borsack said she changed her mind on some of what had been discussed after she talked to some realtors and had time to mull it over further. "We're not anti-business," she said, noting that the village doesn't want to cause any hardships. "We're trying to find a happy medium."
The original idea for an amendment was to compact the size of such signs and the new proposal still achieves just that, Rickenbach said.
Following municipalities like the Town of Shelter Island, village trustees initially proposed signs go from no more than 7 square feet to 1.5 square feet a few months ago. After a public hearing in January, the board decided that size was too small. They also decided to include contractor signs in the amendment to that chapter of the zoning code.