City of Snohomish - NewsFlash

Posted on: February 14, 2018

Bigger is Better

New land use signs

The Planning Department has new, larger land use notice signs, to help spread the word about proposed development in Snohomish.

Bigger is not always better.  However, there is no doubt the City’s new – and bigger – land use notice signs are better.  The Planning & Development Services Department is very excited to start using the new signs designed by Planning and Public Works staff and built in-house by the Public Works department

The new signs are not only four times larger than the older signs but their bright orange background makes them more noticeable.  They are also more informative than the old signs because they are interactive.  Each signs has a QR code that when scanned on your smart phone takes you directly to the development projects webpage of the City’s website.  On that page you will be able to find detailed information about the development application.  Two of these signs have been built, largely from spare materials, as a pilot project.  If they prove to be as effective as intended two more will be assembled by the Public Works department.

State law and the City’s land use code require public notice of land use development applications.  The City uses several methods to distribute the notice in order to reach as large an audience as practical.  Notices are published in the Everett Herald as legal advertisement.  They are mailed to all property owners within 300 feet of the project site.  In addition, notices are posted to the City website.  And finally, a sign is posted on the site of the proposed project.  Snohomish Municipal Code specifies a minimum sign size of 24 inches by 36 inches for the on-site signs.  For years, that has been the size of these notices.  With the new interactive signs exceeding this minimum requirement by four times we believe the signs will be more noticeable and thus more effective.

As with all land use notice signs, these are not intended to be read in full from a moving vehicle.  Applicable laws require far too much information on the signs to make that a safe idea.  These signs are intended to attract attention, so that interested parties can either pull over and read the sign safely, or contact the City to learn more.  The City’s development projects page is kept up-to-date with all land use applications that are currently being reviewed, and staff contacts are always included on the notice.

Both new signs have already been put to work.  One is posted at 1700 Seventh Street and the other is at the Hal Moe Pool site at southwest corner of Third Street and Pine Avenue.  Please drive by and take a look as you’re out and about and let us know what you think about the signs. We’d be interested in hearing what you think about them and we are open to hearing what improvements can be made to make the signs even more effective.  Email your comments to Planning Director Glen Pickus.

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