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Summerland bans election signs in downtown core

Amendment began as notice of motion in January
Election signs were displayed around the community prior to the federal election in September 2021. A municipal bylaw change in Summerland will prohibit election signs in the downtown core of the community. However, signs in other parts of Summerland and along the highway will still be allowed. (Summerland Review file photo)

Under a change to Summerland’s sign bylaw, election signs will no longer be allowed in the downtown core.

On Monday, March 28, council gave first three readings to a bylaw prohibiting election campaign signs along Main Street or on Victoria Road between Jubilee Road and Wharton Street.

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The change came as a result of a notice of motion presented by Coun. Doug Holmes in January.

Holmes said the signs detract from beautification efforts that have been made in the downtown area.

“Random placement of election campaign signs can detract from the planning, landscaping and maintenance efforts that go into ensuring an aesthetically pleasing downtown core,” he said at the time. “We put a lot of effort into making sure our downtown looks nice year-round.”

If the bylaw receives adoption, election signs will still be allowed along other roads in the community. The next scheduled election date is the municipal election which will be held Saturday, Oct. 15. At that election, Summerland voters will choose a mayor and six councillors, as well as two school trustees for the Okanagan-Skaha school board.

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John Arendt

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John Arendt has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism degree from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.
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