OLIVER - Regional district efforts to curb a perceived proliferation of business signs along Highway 97 in the South Okanagan will be discussed at a public forum in Oliver today.
The meeting, being held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Oliver Community Centre, will focus on a proposed cleanup of signs next to the highway between Oliver and the U.S. border crossing. In addition to Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen staff, representatives from the Ministry of Transportation are also expected to be in attendance.
Donna Butler, development services manager for the RDOS, said business owners and residents will have an opportunity to express their opinions on the sign issue during the forum.
"Information we receive at this public meeting will be returned to the regional district for additional consideration," she said.
According to regional district bylaws, a sign advertising a business can only be posted on the property where the business is located. Two signs are permitted to advertise a commercial use.
Residential and farm property owners can erect one sign per property to advertise a home business or sale of produce, livestock, or product produced on a farm.
Many property owners have voiced objections to restrictions on signs they see as helping their business.