Toccoa Approves Sign Ordinance Amendments

The city of Toccoa amends its sign ordinance.

Monday, city commissioners unanimously approved amendments to the sign ordinance following a second reading and public hearing.

According to Toccoa Planning Director Connie Tabor, the major change in the sign ordinance is to allow electronic message board signage on Big A Road and parts of Currahee Street.

Under the city’s previous sign ordinance, those kinds of signs were prohibited. However, some existed because they were grandfathered in or were granted permission by a city manager at the time the sign was put up.

Tabor said the ordinance does put regulations in place for the size of an electronic sign. There are also rules covering areas like the lettering and illumination of the electronic message board sign.

In addition, the amended sign ordinance still prohibits electronic message board signs in the historic downtown district.

Tabor also said the Planning Commission made sure the sign ordinance was up to date and followed all court rulings on signs elsewhere.

Toccoa Mayor David Austin said the city commission appreciates the years of work that the Planning Commission put into the sign ordinance.

“The folks on the Planning Commission have worked long and hard on this project, coming up with something that satisfies the laws of the state of Georgia and I think they have done a yeoman’s job on it,” said Austin. “I appreciate their work.”

Nobody spoke at the public hearing that accompanied the second reading of the ordinance.

The amended sign ordinance takes effect immediately.