One change you might soon notice around town is fewer of those billowy signs known as “feather signs”. City Council voted June 28 to amend the sign code to prohibit the signs, which advertise everything from restaurants to retail and even churches.
The City has defined feather signs as “any shape of lightweight plastic, fabric, or other material, whether or not containing a message of any kind, attached to a single pole or staff for support and designed to move in the wind.”
“Like many other Metro Atlanta jurisdictions, the City of Tucker saw a new type of signage flooding the community and started studying the issue immediately,” explained John McHenry, Tucker’s Director of Community and Economic Development. “We found that there are safety concerns, as well as a challenge to the visual integrity of our commercial corridors. There’s a real issue with visual clutter detracting from local businesses.”
Feather signs will still be allowed in the case of special events. Organizers of those events will be able to apply at City Hall for a “special event sign permit”. They will be allowed to use the signage a maximum of two times per year for a period of 16 days each.
Existing business owners have been notified by the City. The new regulation takes effect on September 1.