Ordinance O-03-12 Sign Ordinance, amendments.
Off-premise signs are still not permitted.
The Mount Jackson Farmers' Market (located at the former Farmers' CoOp building) is one of about two business in Mount Jackson to have no frontage on a major Road - whether that be Main Street, Conicville Road or Route 263 - with exception to perhaps businesses operating out of residences. Valley Fertilizer has a Sign on Main Street because they own a lot on Main Street.
We have been told that the Way-finding Sign Program is "still active", though we have not been given a date as to when the signage will actually be installed. (The trial sign is illegible to passing vehicles.) This signage may ultimately serve to remedy our particular problem, but only if the signs are large enough to be seen by vehicles.
The outcome of the public hearing last night is that the Planning Commission has deferred decision on the proposed Sign Ordinance amendments for further review and until further input can be received from the public. The Planning Commission Chair woman, Bonnie Good, has requested that comments be directed in writing to Charles Moore, the Town Manager, and the Planning Commission at the following address:
Town of Mount Jackson
PO Box 487
Mount Jackson, VA 22842
Or by email to the Town Manager at: townmanagerATmountjacksonDOTcom.
You can also cc the Assistant Town Manager, Mr. Clark Draper III at asstmanagerATmountjacksonDOTcom (Replace the AT and DOT with the appropriate email symbols - we did this so as not to open the Town's email system up to unwanted SPAM.)
The Planning Commission will review this again next month at their regularly scheduled meeting.
We will be at tonight's Council Meeting, where our Special Use Permit to allow us to operate a Farmers' Market will be set for Public Hearing, which will be June 4th. We are currently operating under permission granted last year. All supporters are encouraged to attend.
Please note that we are very much happy that the Town continues to review sign issues as they relate to businesses, especially those in the Central Business District (Downtown). It is frustrating that these things are taking so long, but we are confident that the Town wants to improve the atmosphere for small businesses in Downtown.
Here's WHSV's clip that ran on the 11 o'clock news last night: