"In the new code, in every situation and in every zoning district, the square footage allowed for total signage has increased," Lazar said.
While Lazar cited the importance of keeping a "clean and neat" look in the town of DeWitt, members of the crowd voiced similar opinions concerning small businesses' need for signs on the site of the businesses. Many argued that most small businesses rely on on-site signage rather than media advertisement to attract most of their clientele.
"You certainly don't want to inflict economic pain on small businesses within your community when economic conditions are the way they are at this time," Rubenstein said.
After hearing comments from a number of business owners, town councilor Bob Faulkner, who is also one of the eight members on the zoning update committee, received a round of applause after he took the floor to suggest that the window sign regulation be taken out completely.
To learn about the proposed code updates, contact the development and operations office at 446-3768 ext. 172 or 173 or visit its website, townofdewitt.com/zoningupdate. The following information is available:
Summary of zoning changes; commonly asked questions; full text of new zoning code; full text of two revised codes; proposed zoning map changes; and list of proposed zoning district changes.
All comments are welcome and will be reviewed by the Zoning Update Committee: Dick Robb, Jim DiStefano, Ken Andrews, Bob Faulkner, Irene Scruton, Ed Michalenko, Joan Schroeder and Joe Simonetta.