WALLINGFORD — The Planning and Zoning Commission is considering new regulations for electronic signs.
The current regulations do not specify a ban on electronic signs, but there is a restriction on flashing or moving signs. Residents have expressed concern in the past that electronic signs that scroll and flash are distracting to drivers.
At Monday night’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, Town Planner Kacie Hand discussed new regulations that would prohibit the use of digital signs. Hand said the definition of a digital sign would be written into the regulation.
“There is one exemption that I am proposing,” Hand said.
Hand said the exemption would allow gas stations to use digital signs to display pricing. She suggested that the new regulations allow a certain type of digital sign, like gas signs. The exemption would allow up to three digital signs on a property. Hand said it would make it possible that the signs would be used for something other than a gas station.
“It’s unlikely, given the proposed size, that you would use them for much else but you should be aware that we can’t dictate content,” Hand said.
The PZC will hold a public hearing to further discuss the issue at the July meeting.