REPORTING · 29th September 2012
With the addition of many new businesses and companies coming into Kitimat, as well as companies improving upon their storefronts, over the last year, there have been multiple Development Permit Applications for signage around the community coming before Council.
A recent memo to Council explains: “A development Permit is required for new buildings and projects that will change the outside appearance of existing buildings in Kitimat’s designated Downtown Revitalization Area. Design guidelines are in place for projects such as new exterior materials and signs. Applications are considered by the Downtown Design Panel. The Panel prepares recommendations for Council Consideration.”
With the changes to signage, local business owners have been sent letters informing them of the proposed changes, letting them know they could comment on the application and describe what the signs are going to look like, when put up.
However, as one local business owner pointed out to us, each of the three letters which he has received asking for input also include pictures of the signs which are awaiting approval by Council, already in place.
Given the debate over the sign for the new Tim Horton’s earlier this year and the talk around the signage at A&W when they applied in 2008, it would seem everyone else has learned these lessons well, put their signage in place, and then applied for a new sign.
Comment by CEM on 30th September 2012
What has happened to storeowners making their front door appearances more inviting ? In Europe the buisness owners sweep and wash their front entrances, clean the windows almost daily. Perhaps someone could start a buiness by doing a professional window presentations of what is in the store. I was impressed with the inside of the mall and how much cleaner the floor is. Now if they could clean up the entrances, the smell of cigarette smoke, it would be more pleasant.