Forest Park commissioners heard an overview of changes to the new sign code at the village council meeting Monday.

Planning consultant Joellen Charlton told the council that after almost 18 months of study, staff and the Zoning Board of Appeals were preparing to present a revamped sign code in the next couple of months.

Highlights reportedly include: a reduction in the general size of signs in proportion to the frontage of a building, restrictions on electronic or flashing signs and banners, and a moratorium on new projecting signs that were “backlit boxes” as opposed to hanging signs without lights. Using the example of the iconic Frank’s Shoe Repair and Skate Shop’ shoe-shaped sign at 7235 Roosevelt Rd., Charlton said new rules meant nonconforming signs could be repaired and maintained by existing owners but would have to be changed if the business were sold.

Jean Lotus

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