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Committee wants to spruce up the community’s signs
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The Economic Development and Tourism Committee (EDTC) is looking to impose standards on the community by reviving a long-shelved bylaw that would dictate where and how businesses can display signage.

They’ve launched the project because, according to the EDTC, the municipality doesn’t have a way to make sure signs are tastefully designed and maintained.

Some business signage is dilapidated, they argue, while other signs remain on display long after the businesses they’re advertising have closed or relocated. The EDTC also wants to reform the signage along Highway 3 to more effectively attract travelers into the community.

“Changes to Highway 3 signage to help direct highway travelers to our businesses, heritage sites and recreational areas would be helpful,” said the EDTC in a statement. “Travelers, once in our community, will gain a better impression if they see good, clear, inviting signage kept in good condition.”
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A signage bylaw was considered by the previous administration in May 2013 but it was shelved at the request of the Crowsnest Builders and Developers Association (CBDA), which wanted further discussion on a number of contentious points.

The CBDA was worried the bylaw did not cover the fate of existing signs that did not conform to standards. In their statement to council, the CBDA claimed that the bylaw might inconvenience local businesses.

“There has not been widespread consultation and engagement with the affected parties,” said the CBDA. “There are hundreds of signs with large investments associated with them.”
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The EDTC is suggesting a working group be formed to help rewrite and eventually pass the bylaw. The group would also approach with Alberta Transport a view to improving highway signage to direct travelers to Crowsnest businesses.

At a GPC meeting on July 12, EDTC representative Councillor Dave Filipuzzi suggested council members work with the committee to look at changes.

Councillor Kovach stated, “I think this committee (EDTC) along with the Chamber of Commerce should look over the bylaws and make recommendations for change to council”. He noted, “This is a huge project for us all to undertake”.
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