APA’s July 2018 Zoning Practice Article Focuses on Creative Sign Design

The July 2018 issue of the American Planning Association’s Zoning Practice magazine includes an article entitled “Sign Regulations That Encourage Creative Design.” Authored by James Carpentier, director of state and local government affairs for the International Sign Association, the article examines the aftermath of the July 2015 Reed v. Gilbert SCOTUS decision. The APA website https://www.planning.org/publications/document/9153579/ provides […]

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Sammamish (Washington) Wants to Ban EMCs . . . Except for Schools/Churches

Two towns in the greater Seattle area, Sammamish and Issaquah, realize their sign codes are content based, and thus conflict with the SCOTUS 2015 Reed v. Gilbert decision, so each is looking to revise them, according to the Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter. http://www.issaquahreporter.com/news/issaquah-and-sammamish-examine-changes-to-city-signage-codes/ In so doing, Sammamish is looking to ban what it calls ERBs (electronic reader […]

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“Blocked” Billboard Ruled Not a “Taking” by Wisconsin Supreme Court

(Ed. note: The following  excerpts are taken verbatim from the Wisconsin Bar Association website. https://www.wisbar.org/NewsPublications/Pages/General-Article.aspx?ArticleID=26432 ) “The Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled (4-3) that the City of Madison’s construction of a pedestrian bridge over a major highway, blocking visibility of an existing billboard, was not a taking of property requiring just compensation.” “Adams Outdoor Advertising Limited […]

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Advice on Reed v. Gilbert Included in AACSRE Interdisciplinary Journal

An article in the 2017 Interdisciplinary Journal of Signage and Wayfinding, which is published biannually by the Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research and Education (AACSRE), offers advice for communities with regard to their sign codes in the aftermath of the SCOTUS Reed v. Gilbert 2015 decision. Written by Alan Weinstein, who is the director/professor […]

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Legal Considerations in Sign-Code Development

Alan Weinstein serves on the Board of Directors of both the Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research and Education (AACSRE) and the Foundation for the Advancement of the Sign Industry (FASI), and he was a three-time presenter at the American Planning Association’s 2017 National Planning Conference. A professor at Cleveland State University’s Marshall College of […]

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Signs and Business Development

The following article originally appeared on the Small Business Administration website in February 2001, but it was subsequently removed. The vast majority of the following information comes from what was formerly posted on the Small Business Administration website, beginning in 2000 in the “Starting Your Own Business” section. You can read how it occurred at http://fasi.org/2000/09/15/isa-signage-foundation-signs-web-agreement-with-sba/Unfortunately, […]

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How will my business sign be regulated?

The following article originally appeared on the Small Business Administration website in February 2001, but it was subsequently removed. Signage is regulated through the following two categories: Building and electrical codes The construction, installation, and operation of any permanent business sign will need to conform to all applicable building and electrical codes. Because compliance with […]

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