April 28, 2016 6:39 pm
Updated: May 3, 2016 2:23 pm

Better regulation for floating signs: recommends report


UPDATE: The report will be presented to city council today. More to come. 

A new report proposed to the Vancouver City Council suggests a clarification be made on the city’s Sign By-law.

The report asks for an amendment to include signs located on water within city boundaries and to add regulation for floating signs.

The existing by-law regulates signs on any property other than streets, lanes or public parks.

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“Amendments to the Sign By-law are being proposed in advance of reporting to Council on the Sign By-law review, to respond to recent complaints about floating advertising signs in False Creek and English Bay,” reads the report.

WATCH: Floating billboards in False Creek raise eyebrows

Current regulations do not authorize floating advertising signs on barges and commercial vessels.

“We are pleased that the city council is taking this matter seriously and working with the community to regulate what the False Creek community see as a crass visual pollution of a public waterway,” says Patsy McMillan, Chair of the False Creek Residents Association.

She adds the association is also working on banning motorized boats east of the Cambie Bridge; she says boating activities in the northeast basin are particularly troubling.

“This very large barge and tugboat with its 12-meter LED screen is a total affront to the residents who live on the creek and the otherwise peaceful users of the waterway,” adds McMillan.

She says they are just happy to see the report being put forward.

Read the full copy of the report below: 

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