Homer officials conduct public hearing on proposed LED sign law

The Homer Fire Department on South Main Street is one of three organizations looking to upgrade its current plastic sign to a LED sign. (Photo via Google Maps).

The village of Homer Board of Trustees, Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals convened for a joint public hearing earlier this week on the proposed local law regulating use and permitting light-emitting diodes (LED) and illuminated signs within the village.

Three organizations within the village – the Center for the Arts, American Legion Post 465 and the Homer Fire Department on South Main Street – are subjects of the proposed law. Each organization is looking to change their sign from clear and plastic signs with plastic letters, to LED signs.

The proposed law, which is subject to change, is intended to “promote and protect the public health, welfare and safety of the inhabitants of the village by regulating existing and proposed outdoor advertising, outdoor advertising signs and outdoor signs of all types and to thereby protect property values, create a more attractive economic and business climate, enhance and protect the physical appearance of the community, preserve the scenic and natural beauty of designated areas and provide a more enjoyable and pleasing community.”

“It is further intended to reduce sign or advertising distractions and obstructions that may contribute to traffic accidents, reduce hazards that may be caused by signs overhanging or projecting over public rights-of-way, provide more open space and curb the deterioration of natural beauty and community,” the dialogue of the proposed law continued.

Village mayor McCabe noted in a previous Board of Trustees meeting that approval of the law could either take place in late March or early April, with the goal to use this month as a chance to rewrite and amend the law from the original draft. Another public hearing will be held prior to the resolution to pass the law, McCabe added.

Below is a video of the village of Homer’s joint public hearing on the proposed LED sign law.