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Signs of the Times: Planning Board Proposes Overhaul of Sign Regulations

The issue of sign bylaws continued at last week's Planning Board meeting.


After receiving feedback from residents earlier this year and approving measures at Fall Town Meeting in 2011, the issue of signs and the bylaws governing them in Westford came before the Planning Board last week.

Town Planner Chris Kluchman compared and contrasted the major differences between the old Bylaw and the proposed one for the Board members using a 26-page summary that detailed said differences, with some significant differences including.


  • Allowing applicants for signs to bypass the Planning Board of Board of Selectman as long as the sign meets dimensional requirements set forth in the bylaws, which can cut up to two weeks from obtaining a permit.
  • Reducing vagueness on measurement of display area on a sign.
  • The size of wall signs will decrease from one and a half times the square footage of linear building frontage to being equal to the square footage of linear building frontage.
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  • Moving the set-back for free standing signs to five feet from property lines.

More information on the proposed bylaw is available on the Sign Bylaw page of the Town website.


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