Lumby sign issue signals rule change

Rules may evolve to ensure non-profit groups can promote their activities in Lumby.

Rules may evolve to ensure non-profit groups can promote their activities in Lumby.

Director Rick Fairbairn says Regional District of North Okanagan bylaws will be investigated after the Lumby Public Market’s sign was removed on Highway 6.

“It’s important to the community that signage be allowed to a certain degree,” he said, adding that public safety must be considered.

“I’ve brought it up with our staff and I will call all interested parties together to see if we can make amendments in the bylaw.”

Presently, signs are only allowed on land if they advertise a product, service or activity on that property. The market sign was located on private land some distance from Oval Park where the market occurs.

Market officials have stated that the removal of the sign makes it difficult for visitors to know where the market takes place.

The Lumby Chamber of Commerce is willing to add a Lumby Public Market sign to its approved sign on Highway 6.

As a result of this issue, the village has also been considering its bylaws and steps are being taken to legalize sandwich board signs put out by businesses.

“We already see sandwich board signs and it’s time to update our bylaw to reflect current practises,” said Coun. Nick Hodge.