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Sign Regulation
Overview
At the direction of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the Departments of Community Planning and Building and Economic Development hosted a forum on county signage regulations in February 2012 to provide the public with an opportunity to review current sign ordinances and offer feedback on potential changes. Community feedback was solicited on temporary weekend signs, signs on vehicles, off-premise/directional signs, electronic signs and other outdoor advertising methods.

As part of the sign regulation review effort, an ad hoc committee of business owners, citizens groups, members of county appointed boards and commissions and residents was established to study the issues further and develop a set of proposed changes. The ad hoc committee worked with staff to develop a set of draft regulations.  The draft regulations (dated January 2, 2015) were distributed for public comment. Three public meetings were held in March and April 2015 to provide information and to gather public input.


In June 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States rendered a decision on a court case titled Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona. In general, the court found that communities cannot regulate signs based on the content of the sign (i.e., you should not have to read the sign to determine how to regulate it). This concept is referred to as content-neutrality. A new draft of the sign regulations has been prepared. The October 27, 2016 draft focuses on the types of sign structures allowed not on sign content. Feedback on the draft regulations will be accepted throughout the public review process. 
 
Current Sign Regulations           
Compilation of Calvert County Zoning Ordinance and Seven Town Center Zoning Ordinances

DRAFT Sign Regulations          
Proposed Draft Regulations (Dated October 27, 2016)


Meetings
The Calvert County Sign Regulations Review and Update Ad Hoc Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at the Harriet E. Brown Community Center at 7 p.m. to review the draft regulations (dated October 27, 2016). For more details, see the calendar.

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners will hold a work session on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, in the Commissioners Hearing Room. Details regarding the time will be posted to the Board’s meeting webpage


Please contact the Department of Community Planning and Building for more information at 410-535-1600 ext. 2356 or email Community Planning and Building.





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Jenny Plummer-Welker
Long Range Planner
Ph: 410-535-1600 ext. 2333
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Patricia (Pat) Haddon

Principal Planner
Ph:  410-535-1600 ext. 2631
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Will Selman
Community Designer
Ph:  410-535-1600 ext. 2727
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