Why are so many yellow signs littering our roadways?
Why do we see so many of these faded yellow signs all around town? This one was up over two years before the city finally removed it.
Last year, the city spent months on end writing a new sign ordinance to mitigate commercial sign pollution, but they do nothing about these old land use signs. Why? Do some of these signs bother you?
They serve a useful purpose to notify residents of a new project underway. But, seldom are they taken down once the project is over. We have to live with this "litter".
The city is so good at keeping our streets, parks and boulevards clean. So, what's gone wrong here? Part of the problem is the burden of removing land use signs is left to the developers. By city code they are supposed to remove the signs within two weeks after the project's "Final Decision". But, the developer isn't required to remove the signs within a reasonable time. We are left with the litter.
Personally, I don't mind the yellow and large white signs being up a little longer so we all can know "something is going on." But, to leave them up for months on end is "too much information". The sign in this photo was staked for years on RED-WOOD Road and NE 90th St. at the Bella Bottega entrance. It was finally removed after a citizen called Steve Fischer, in Planning and Community Development. Does this sign pollution bother you?