District of North Vancouver Councillor Jordan Back is bringing a motion calling on staff to report on options to limit the size and height of election signs in the district.
Currently, there are no such limitations on elections signs.
There are also no restrictions on where elections signs may be posted, except as provided in the local bylaws or provincial restrictions in regard to highway right-of-way.
In his motion, Back says there was a proliferation of election signs across the district in the local elections. Given the lack of restrictions, the size and height of the signs also varied widely.
“As there is no permit required for election signs, there is no accurate count on the number of signs that are put up,” he notes.
From a visual perspective, these signs represent a significant impact on the streetscape and local neighbourhoods, he says.
In the City of North Vancouver, elections signs are limited to 0.4m2 in area (4SF) and six feet in height.
The District of West Vancouver, however, has more liberal restrictions being 3M2 in area (32SF) and 8-feet in height.
“While consistency across the North Shore would be ideal, it would be a positive move to establish consistency with the City of North Vancouver, our immediate neighbouring municipality,” he says.
“The introduction of election sign regulations would create a fair and level playing field for all candidates, save time and money, and show environmental leadership,” Back says.
His motion will be discussed in a council meeting today.