All Things Dennis Port

I posted the discussion below in the Planning Department Weblog yesterday, but wanted to be sure it caught the attention of everyone in Dennisport.  The idea of the change discussed below is to meet the recommendations of the Dennisport Design Charrette, while at the same time recognizing the sign code does not regulate based upon particular locations in town.  Besides, the idea of Wayfinding in Dennisport, clearly has opportunities for application in other parts of town.

The Dennisport Design Charrette includes a number of recommendations for the town to consider.  One of these involves adopting a consistent set of signs directing people to various destinations within the village.  Not just the village center, but the entire village, from the waterfront cottages to town landings on Swan Pond.  The signs would become a part of defining what Dennisport is all about, but also would provide another method of ensuring people can get to various places.

In looking at the Dennis Sign Code there is no clean existing pigeon hole where you could say, “oh yeah, those signs fit under this definition.”  In order to implement this portion of the Design Charrette it would appear that an amendment to the sign code will be necessary.  The amendment will need to define the concept of “village wayfinding signs,” determine where they would be allowed (private property, public property, or both?), and establish design guidelines for the signs themselves (size, logo allowances, lettering, how many at one location, etc).  The following attempts to start the discussion.

Definition

VILLAGE WAYFINDING SIGNS – Signs located within a particular village designed to direct travelers to particular recreational or commercial destinations within that village.  Village Wayfinding Signs shall consist of signs that are a part of a town or village sponsored and coordinated program for the purpose of facilitating tourist travel, guiding them to specific paths or to local destinations as designated and recognized by the particular village’s wayfinding sign program.

SIGN TYPE

PERMANENT (P) OR TEMPORARY (T)

PERMIT REQUIRED (Y/N)

TIME LIMIT

MAXIMUM SIZE RESTRICTIONS

Village Wayfinding Sign

P

Y

None Individual wayfinding sign slats shall be no more than 8 inches tall and 24 inches wide

SIGN TYPE

MAXIMUM HEIGHT ABOVE GRADE

OTHER RESTRICTIONS

NUMBER OF SIGNS

Village Wayfinding Sign Maximum height 20 feet with a clearance to ground of 30 inches Must contain on individual slats or within the set of slats the logo of the village.No more than one logo and six slats per Wayfinding sign

Lettering no larger than 6 inches in height.

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