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 6 CANDIDATE LANCE LARGE=>
"Based upon comments made by existing Milton business owners during a recent Planning Commission Meeting, which I attended, the existing sign ordinance is hurting our local businesses. The existing ordinance is too restrictive and confusing. Many of our businesses are struggling under the weight of excessive red tape.
Milton’s sign ordinance needs to be reformulated to address the specific needs and concerns of both the business community, in particular the retail business community, as well as the citizens of our city. The sign ordinance should preserve the desired character of the area in which it is intended while allowing the effective promotion of the business for which it is intended. The process of reformulating the sign ordinance should include organized input from the existing business owners, sign and graphic professionals, zoning professional, and citizens of the city.
Specifically, I am a proponent of form based zoning, which will allow each region to have zoning ordinances that reflect the character and needs of each area, rather than a one size fits all approach."
DISTRICT 6 CANDIDATE ALAN TART
"Milton’s sign ordinance is currently being evaluated by our Planning Commission for recommendation to the City Council in November. There seems to be consensus that certain sections of our sign ordinance can and should be modified to benefit business without compromising Milton’s vision. There are some section-specific changes I would like to see made; however, while the ordinance is under consideration by the Planning Commission, I am unable to comment on these without violating due process. In general, I think our sign ordinance needs to be modified to more carefully strike a balance between the wants and needs of business owners to advertise and the wants and needs of our citizens to enjoy an upscale, uncluttered cityscape. I also believe that we need to consider the character areas of Milton such as Crabapple, Highway 9/Deerfield, and Birmingham Crossroads like the unique areas they are, meaning that what may be acceptable in one area may not be acceptable or in keeping with the character of another. I look forward to reviewing the final recommendations and will be supportive of changes that more carefully strike the balance that business owners and residents desire."