News

Highways ministry willing to work with businesses contravening sign regulations

From left, Kelly and Brian Flurer of Flurer Smokery, Dwaine and Connie Cawley of D & T Rebuilders, and Simon Knott, manager at Schnitzer Steel, are not happy that the city is ordering them to remove these signs on Highway 19 that provide direction to their businesses.   Kristen Douglas/The Mirror From left, Kelly and Brian Flurer of Flurer Smokery, Dwaine and Connie Cawley of D & T Rebuilders, and Simon Knott, manager at Schnitzer Steel, are not happy that the city is ordering them to remove these signs on Highway 19 that provide direction to their businesses. - Kristen Douglas/The Mirror
From left, Kelly and Brian Flurer of Flurer Smokery, Dwaine and Connie Cawley of D & T Rebuilders, and Simon Knott, manager at Schnitzer Steel, are not happy that the city is ordering them to remove these signs on Highway 19 that provide direction to their businesses. Kristen Douglas/The Mirror From left, Kelly and Brian Flurer of Flurer Smokery, Dwaine and Connie Cawley of D & T Rebuilders, and Simon Knott, manager at Schnitzer Steel, are not happy that the city is ordering them to remove these signs on Highway 19 that provide direction to their businesses.
— image credit: Kristen Douglas/The Mirror

The province says it will work with four local businesses who have been ordered by the city to remove commercial signs along Highway 19.

The owners of ABC Recycling, D & T Rebuilders, Flurer Smokery and Schnitzer Steel Corporation have been served notice that their signs must come down by July 18.

The city discovered that only D & T Rebuilders ever had a permit from the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to put up a sign and that it expired 14 years ago.

On Monday, the ministry confirmed the permit expired in November 2000 and said it no longer issues permits for signs advertising businesses on the ministry’s highway right of way.

“The ministry does not permit signs advertising businesses, other than the Service and Attraction Program, which has specific requirements,” according to an e-mail from the Ministry of Transportation. “However, the signs in question would not qualify in this case.”

But despite the lack of permits, the ministry said it’s willing to help the business owners.

“The ministry will be meeting with the City of Campbell River and the local businesses to review the situation and work towards a solution that respects the local bylaws and the ministry’s signing program.”

That would be welcome news to the business owners who use the signs as directional guides for their customers. The businesses are not visible from the highway and are located north of the former mill site, off of Duncan Bay Road and, in ABC’s case, at the bottom of Barge Terminal Road.

But City Clerk Peter Wipper said the signs are classified as off premise signs which are not permitted in Campbell River.

“You can’t have a sign advertising your business off your property and certainly you can’t have a sign with an arrow pointing up the street to your property,” Wipper told the Mirror last week.

The only exception is if the off premise sign is a directional sign which is defined in the city’s sign bylaw as: “a permanent sign, which only communicates information regarding vehicular or pedestrian movement on the parcel on which it is located.”

Wipper said that means a sign located off the business’ property, which has a sign pointed towards the business, is not considered a directional sign.

Connie Cawley, co-owner of D & T Rebuilders, said in the 22 years the sign has been there, there has never been a problem before and if the city follows through on its order to have the signs removed, it will be a death sentence for the small businesses.

“They’re trying to dispose of four businesses,” Cawley said. “And there’s tons of these signs around town. Are they going to tear them all down?”

Cawley is scheduled to present her case at the July 8 council meeting.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Errington man battling BC Hydro
 
Tom Jackson making change
 
Police give the straight goods on roundabouts
Looking Back November 19
 
After the vote: Newly elected councillors respond
 
ELECTION 2014: New city council pushes teamwork
A Green Party in Parksville
 
And the Golden Brush Award finalists are...
 
Quinn-tessential Bachand

Community Events, November 2014

Add an Event


Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Nov 21 edition online now. Browse the archives.