Category Archives: Legislative Update

Emmitsburg Considers Signs Changes

Emmitsburg Considers Signs Changes

By Lisa May

The Town of Emmitsburg is currently accepting feedback on a sweeping revision of its current signage regulations. These changes are aimed at modernizing the Town’s code and addressing legal changes as a result of a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

While many of the proposed changes would be considered business-friendly, the current draft would impose changes for the real estate industry. For example, signs posted on residentially-zoned parcels for more than 30 days would require a permit, a schematic drawing of the sign, and an estimate of the length of time the sign would be displayed. FCAR has been in discussions with Town Staff on how to modify this requirement to better meet the needs of residents and REALTORS® during the home sales process. 

You can provide your feedback on the ordinance during the Town’s public outreach sessions on April 22 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (residential) and April 29 from 9 a.m. to Noon (commercial).

Additional information on the sign ordinance, including the full text and a side-by-side comparison of current and proposed regulations, can be found on the Emmitsburg Town Web Site.

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New Signage Laws in the City of Frederick

New Signage Laws in the City of Frederick

Announcement: Off-Site Real Estate Signs Prohibited in City of Frederick On Thursday, July 19, the City of Frederick Board of Aldermen voted 5-0 to adopt amendments to the City’s signage regulations. One of those amendments eliminated the use of directional and open house signage within the public right of way. Going forward, all real estate signage… Continue Reading

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