Chapman loses appeal on signage rule

Darrell Cole
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AMHERST - The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board has rejected an appeal by an Amherst businessman over the signage portion of the town's land-use bylaw.

Warren Chapman wanted to use the front of his Croft Street building as advertising space for small business, but it fell outside the town's land-use bylaw and he appealed to the utility and review board asking it to amend the bylaw by removing the maximum square footage requirement for fascia signage..
"The board has advised that Mr. Chapman's application was not complete and he has not taken any action to complete this application. The board has written Mr. Chapman and the town to advise that this case is now considered closed," Amherst director of planning Jason MacDonald told members of council during its February committee-of-the-whole meeting.
Chapman said last month he felt as though the town was singling him out by restricting advertising signage on the front of his building.
He planned to offer the front of his building to small businesses for use as advertising space. His plans drew the attention of the town's planning department, who told him he needed a development permit to place the signage on the front of his building.
Chapman's application for a permit was turned down and he later appealed to council and the URAB.

Organizations: Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board

Geographic location: AMHERST, Croft Street

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Recent comments

    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    It seems to be the same old thing somebody comes up with an idea for way to survive and make a few dollars and the town officials burder them with bogus laws and red tape instead using a little common sense these signs were made by a sign company obviously and did not look bad lets go one step further travel two streets away to the little league ball park and not picking on them but there is probably no where in town that has more signs in one place and not all of them are in the best shape so are there two rules I DON'T THINK SO !!! in one article the town claims to be worried about small business here you have a guy that has taken a burnt building and done something with it and kept it from turning into an eye sore and you cut him off at the knees USE A LITTLE COMMON SENSE !!! IT WILL GO A LONG WAY

  • Steve
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    I am glad they said no. We want this town to be beautiful, not laden with commercials every where we look.

    Way to stick to your guns guys, Robert. Now let's work on those eyesores downtown!

    I like seeing the effort put forth from the town and chamber. Let's keep it rolling!

  • Robert
    February 24, 2010 - 23:46

    So what do we do? Allow everyone with a business, who wants to make a few extra bucks, to plaster all sides of their building with ads? Man... wouldn't that make the town look nice.

    Thanks but no thanks.

  • Fuzzy Bear
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Some of you may have read a previous article about possibly raising the HST tax because our province is in a financial mess. Instead of doing that lets look at money wasting expenditiures such as hmmmmm how about *The Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board* These programs are *Bottomless Pits*.

  • Kim
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Let it go .... No is No !!!!!

  • Dee
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    As stated before you and your wife have a wonderful trade school there and any signage that would enhance your own business is a plus. The billboard concept has a ghetto appearance and is tacky .... and does not represent your school well .. Keep up the good work training your students and the $$ and cents will follow without all the unnecessary signage ..keep your business on a postive note instead of the critisim .. which benefits no one.....and you will have continued success....all the best!

  • Frankly
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    You are right, Robert - we can stop more being added and so we should!

  • wondering why
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Hey Robert, have you driven around the town of Amherst lately?? Come on now, signs on buildings should be the least of your worries. The town is an eye-sore. You really think that those boarded up garages add to the beauty? How about the old police station?? You want to bring people to Amherst yet it is not safe to take a walk through the down town area !!!!!! I tell anyone coming to town to come in the exit by the Wandlyn, would hate to have them drive in the exit by the tourist bureau. I am sure that they would turn around. I think that some billboards would actually make things look better. Sad that the town would waste time worrying about signage when the core looks like a garbage dump......WOW

  • Robert
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    You're right about the other eyesores, Wondering. They're everywhere... but does it really make sense to advocate adding more? We should be removing these eyesores... not creating others.

  • Davos
    February 24, 2010 - 23:45

    Dismissed on a technicality? That sounds pretty shifty to me. They wouldn't judge the case on the merits, they had to find a loophole. I don't buy that for a second.