Dover-Foxcroft adopts rules for electronic signs

Posted Dec. 13, 2011, at 6:46 p.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The planning board has adopted a two-page list of regulations that allows the posting of electronic signs within designated areas of town.

The regulations define what kind of graphics and pictures can appear on the signs and other display guidelines, such as hours of operation, which are 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. or later if the business is open.

Following a November 2010 vote by residents giving the planning board the authority to adopt such a plan, town officials, members of the business community and residents have been working to develop regulations for electronic signs.

On Dec. 1 the board went over the regulations and made several adjustments before approving the document as amended.

Electronic signs will be permitted only in commercial districts, which cover areas on outer West Main Street and downtown from Rowell’s to Monument Square with portions of Summer and South streets included. The regulations specify that signs can be no closer than 1,000 feet to each other, but this provision was amended to allow for signs to be closer for the businesses on outer West Main Street in or near the shopping plaza.

The size limit of signs was kept at 32 square feet. The total includes board and trim, but excludes sign supports.

The reviewing authority for electronic signs will be the planning board. The code enforcement officer will still issue all approved permits for electronic signs.

In other business, the planning board approved a sketch plan, subject to an on-site visit, for a 24-unit senior housing unit on Summer Street on a parcel of land with a building that formerly housed a bowling alley and movie theater. The developers have the option to buy the property if all the approvals for the project are granted.

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