July 4, 2010 1:10:00 AM
Officials hope to present new guidelines governing the quality of LED electronic signs in the city, within a 60-day moratorium period on such signs passed by the Columbus City Council.
The council June 15 passed the moratorium, at the request of the Columbus Planning Commission, to allow the city''s sign ordinance to be revised with language establishing quality guidelines for LED signs.
Zoning Officer Kenny Wiegel noted his office has received "a few complaints" about LED signs, but the guidelines mainly will be established "to prevent future problems."
"It is my understanding some of the types of signs may be substandard and of poor quality," he explained, noting signs installed without permits prevent an accurate count of existing signs in the city, but he estimated Columbus has around 15 or 20 signs already installed. "We hope to regulate this with specific guidelines."
Guidelines likely will stipulate, among other things, a minimum pixel pitch and automatic dimming capabilities on LED signs.