Greenwich debate on sign rules targets landscape lighting

GREENWICH — The most recent focus on deciding which signs will be permitted in town — and how they look — is now aimed at “landscape lighting” at night.

Town officials wrote the previous sign ordinance in 1993, and those regulations are now considered out of date and behind the times. The public is invited to discuss new sign regulations, with the next workshop set for  Thursday.

During earlier discussions of the new set of rules being written by town planning officials and an outside consultant, the issue that has driven the most comments so far from local business-owners and residents is the proposed prohibition on landscape lighting. So far, the rewrite would “grandfather” in existing lighting displays after the passage of the new ordinances. 

Numerous home-owners and businesses light up stately trees, attractive rock formations, water features or other landscaping elements on their properties at night, according to comments from residents and officials. Whether that practice should be curtailed or modified in future has prompted a number comments submitted in writing to Town Hall.

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