, 2015

Signs, yard sales and
blighted properties catch
commission’s attention

by Renss Greene

KILMARNOCK—The Kilmarnock planning commission took up the issue of temporary signs at its meeting Monday, April 13.

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“We definitely want businesses, especially new businesses in town, to feel welcome,” said commission member Joan Gravatt. “And we don’t want them to think that we’re jumping on them about their signage. But also we don’t want the signs tacky.”

The commission decided to begin designing a survey, to be followed with a public hearing to engage business owners and residents. Commission member Ann Towner said she hopes the process will create “informed consent.”

“Hopefully, ideally, you come to a middle of the road,” said Towner. “Probably not everybody’s happy with it, but at least people know how the decision was made.”

The commission also revisited yard sale regulations in town.

“We’re going to have to deal with this nasty critter soon, because we’ve been talking about this for four years,” Gravatt said.

“There’s not much teeth in what we have,” said planning and zoning director Marshall Sebra of existing town code. “It’s very blanket, it’s very general.”

“I really don’t see the big issue with yard sales the way it’s written, I just see the enforcement side of it,” said commission Chris Allen.

Sebra presented tentative suggestions for revised ordinances. Commissioners will now make their suggestions for those revisions to staff before moving forward.

“It’s just a starting point,” Sebra said.

Blighted structures also came up during the meeting.

“It’s a very big subject, and we’ve been dealing with it for years and years and years,” Sebra said.

Sebra gave the commission a review and explanation of existing code.

He also said the commission will hold a public hearing on updated flood plain ordinances necessitated by new FEMA flood plain maps.

“It’s not going to be next month. It may be something like July,” Sebra said.

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