On June 5, 2018, the City of Vaughan Committee of the Whole will consider and receive input from the public on a staff report proposing changes to the City’s regulations that govern signs on both private and public property.

Staff’s recommendations include:

1. In areas other than Heritage Conservation Districts, to allow digital signage in billboards and ground signs, subject to various restrictions on the brightness, movement, times of operation and impact on surrounding light;

2. In areas other than Heritage Conservation Districts, to allow larger wall signs;

3. In Heritage Conservation Districts, to allow ground signs for institutional buildings, such as religious, educational or charitable institutions, to incorporate digital signs into their ground signs, and to allow free-standing memorial signs.

4. In areas other than Heritage Conservation Districts, to allow feather banners to be used on commercial, employment and industrial properties, subject to various restrictions;

5. To remove various existing billboard provisions, such as removing the requirement that for one billboard to be erected, two must come down and to remove the limits on the number of billboards;

6. To require that billboards cannot be placed within 400 m of any 400-series highways, as per Ministry of Transportation Ontario guidelines;

7. To amend the existing City of Vaughan and Regional Municipality of York (the Region) exemption, so that third parties who have entered into a written agreement with the City or Region with respect to signage on public property or property owned by the Region, are exempt from the Sign By-law, subject to various provisions to be detailed in agreements;

8. To allow previously approved signs, such as were approved through the permitting or Sign Variance Committee process or City project, to continue to exist, unless they substantially change; and,

9. To update outdated terminology, references and definitions.

How to get involved
If you wish to submit further information to be considered and/or if you wish to depute at Committee, please see instructions on City of Vaughan’s  Frequently Asked Questions page.

Important dates
After Committee of the Whole, Council will provide direction and decisions on June 19, 2018, which will be published online several days after at www.vaughan.ca/council

Here are the June 5 meeting details:

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 1:00 p.m.
Vaughan City Hall, 2nd floor, Council Chambers