Businesses need to communicate with consumers. Churches and schools need to communicate with neighborhoods. But many Nashville residents aren’t so sure the communication should be in the form of an electric, flashing sign.
That was the topic of Metro Council’s task force on the issue yesterday. Metro Vice Mayor Diane Neighbors charged the group of city planners, codes administrators, residents and council members with Metro’s sign policy, which hasn’t been revamped in 16 years.
Burkley Allen is the president of the Hillsboro-West End neighborhood association. She says the major issue is whether churches and schools should use electronic or LED signs in residential areas.
“Our feeling was that if the churches are large enough that they’re more of an institution, and there’s a commercial area that they connect to, that would be more appropriate than the residential area, so our hope is that will be looked at very carefully.”
LED signs are allowed along commercial corridors. The Opryland area is the only part of Davidson County where TV-style, moving signs are allowed. The group also discussed possibly allowing motion signs in other areas of town.
Recommendations are expected to be released by the end of the year.