City signals law review
CONCERNS ABOUT HOME OPEN SIGNS
CONCERN about a clause that would “relax” restrictions on real estate signage has prompted Stirling Council to restart a lengthy legal process.
Councillors considered changes to portable signage and verge treatment requirements at Tuesday’s council meeting as part of its proposed new thoroughfares and public places local law.
Councillor Stephanie Proud urged the council to replace the 2009 law because the City was already “behind”, as local laws were required to be reviewed every eight years, and public consultation was first held last July.
She argued that it was twice advertised for public comment with no responses and said amendments could be made to the law at any time.
But Cr Karen Caddy disagreed with the proposed clause requiring portable ‘home open’ signs be removed on the day of the viewing, rather than within the hours of inspection.
The sign must display the day and time of the home open, a directional arrow and real estate agent’s name.
“There’s a lot of ambush marketing happening, particularly in Scarborough, with agents paying contractors to put out signs on Friday night and remove them on Sunday,” she said.
“The City is doing a great job on clamping down on it but this would relax it.”
It comes after City community safety manager Laurie Crouch said non-compliant portable signage was “firmly on the City’s radar”.
The council resolved to start a fresh review of the law, hold a community forum, councillor workshops and consultation with building and business representatives, and review best practice in other local governments.