Plans to consolidate existing advertising signage requirements into a draft local law is now open to the community for their thoughts.
The draft local law proposes to maintain most of the existing requirements under The Noosa Plan with some changes aimed at maintaining the distinct character of Noosa.
Environment and Sustainable Development Director Kim Rawlings said the proposed changes aim to preserve the unique “look and feel” of Noosa as enshrined in the Noosa Design principles to ensure signage does not dominate the landscape.
Noosa Council currently and has for a long time regulated signage however does this through multiple documents. This local law brings all requirements together in one document to continue to manage signage as a key aspect of the unique look and feel of Noosa,
The draft local law proposes a ban on A-frame, ‘teardrop’ and real-estate pointer signs which clutter footpaths and often a safety concern
There are a number of new measures to better manage advertising signage.
Approval and annual licence renewals for wall, window, freestanding, pylon, pole and all illuminated signs will also be introduced.
“Multiple A frame signs and other footpath signage are unsightly and can pose a safety risk to pedestrians.
Ms Rawlings said most businesses are doing the right thing “however some are pushing the limit and the proposed local law will assist us to level the playing field.”
Council proposes to maintain the status quo on the amount of signage allowed, which includes 10 square metre signage per tenancy and a size limit of 4square metres for certain signs.
“Council feels the current requirements are adequate, but is considering eliminating the use of A frames to ensure footpaths remain clear for pedestrians including those with prams and in wheelchairs.”
A recent audit showed 80% of businesses complied with current regulations.
“The audit results are fantastic and these proposed changes are draft, so we really want feedback from business operators and the community to inform a final solution.”
To review the draft local law and provide a comment, visit yoursay.noosa.qld.gov.au. Residents have until July 26 to provide feedback.