Courtesy Accessmilton.com & The Milton Herald
As referenced this past week on Accessmilton.com, the Milton Herald and Accessmilton.com are continuing the Milton Peoples Forum online. The focus
is to ask questions that time did not allow us to address at this past week's event.
In order to insure equal visibility for both districts, District 2 candidates answers will be posted on Tuesday and Thursday evenings while District 6 candidates answers will be listed on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Candidates are limited to a maximum of 200 words per answer and are listed alphabetically.
Milton business owners are complaining that the city's current sign ordinances are too restrictive. Would you change it and if so, in what way?
DISTRICT 2 CANDIDATE MATT KUNZ=>
"Are our current sign ordinances too restrictive? I intend to give Milton's sign ordinances careful thought, just as I will other issues, if I am honored to be elected city council member.
The aesthetic concerns of 34,000 residents, and especially our homeowners, take first priority with me. They have invested heavily in Milton by purchasing homes here and entrusting their families’ well-being to our community.
As well, our Milton families rely on the neighborhood dry cleaners, restaurants, auto repair shops and all other types of small businesses to complement their quality of life. These small businesses rely on appropriate signage and fair treatment to make a living. One does not preclude the other.
Will my input or vote ever allow signage that would hurt or damage our rural character? Certainly not.
We must bring fairness and balance that benefits our citizens in these decisions. My personal goal is to insure that my role on the council is to provide a loud, strong voice to keep personal taxes low and increase property values. The only time I will be louder is if I sense there is a push that may in any way pierce our rural culture."
DISTRICT 2 CANDIDATE JULIE ZAHNER BAILEY=>
"Our sign ordinance was created based on Fulton County’s ordinance with some staff customizations based on Milton’s specific needs. With several years of experience, we have learned that some of the signage rules require adjustment.
I previously voted to allow modifications to the sign ordinance in certain areas for the allowance of a small neon sign. I remain open to re-addressing the sign ordinance. In fact, it is currently under review by the Planning Commission and will come back before Mayor and Council in November. We are evaluating % of window space for certain sign types, movable sandwich boards, flag signs for community branding, and more.
The sign ordinance is intended to protect and bring balance to our community. We must strike the right balance between appropriate business identification signage while ensuring that the development standards supported by citizens – including the look and feel of our commercial spaces – are not sacrificed. We should look to communities with strict sign codes that also flourish economically while maintaining their unique sense of place, including Charleston, Hilton Head and others. Milton citizens do not want to become Sandy Springs or Johns Creek. I am confident that we can strike the right balance. "