Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents and business owners of new by-law requirements and an application process for signage posted within the municipality along provincially-owned, non-100 series highways.
Earlier this year, Regional Council adopted By-Law A-600 Respecting Advertisements on Provincial Highways, which regulates signage on provincially owned, non-100 series highways. The purpose of By-law A-600 is to address sign clutter along gateways to scenic provincial secondary highways by managing advertising along defined sections of highway. The result will be a signage program that will provide useful and accurate information to travellers, while ensuring the placement and installation of advertisements is carried out in a safe and fair manner.
The municipality is currently undertaking the installation of advertising structures to facilitate licensed individuals to display an advertisement. Individuals interested in advertising on the structure must apply to the municipality for a license. For more information on the application process visit www.halifax.ca/Licensing/HighwaySigns.php.
The new by-law requirements mean that privately-owned signs along designated areas in the proximity of the new advertising structures will no longer be permitted on the following sections of identified highways:
•St. Margarets Bay Road (Route 3) for a distance of 500m to the east and to the west of the intersection of Peggy’s Cove Road (Hwy. 333) and Route 3;
•Peggy’s Cove Road (Hwy 333), between St. Margarets Bay Road and Civic # 12910 Peggy’s Cove Road (approximately Whynachts Point Road intersection); and,
•Prospect Road (Hwy 333) from the intersection of Prospect Road and St. Margarets Bay Road to Civic # 599 Prospect Road (approximately Evergreen Place intersection).
To satisfy the requirements of By-law A-600, the municipality published notices in newspapers for two consecutive weeks (i.e. the weeks of October 26 and November 2, 2015) indicating the identified highways and date when the non-compliant signs may be disposed.
Individuals are responsible for the removal of their signs from the identified highways prior to December 14, 2015. In accordance with the provisions of the by-law, any remaining signs in place as of that date will be removed and destroyed by the municipality.
For more information on By-law A-600, including frequently asked questions, visit www.halifax.ca/Licensing/HighwaySigns.php.