Public Hearing to Change Sign Ordinance Approaches

The Londonderry Commerce and Visitors Center (CVC) and its director Kathy Wagner will advocate for local businesses Wednesday, June 5, 2013 during the Town’s Planning Board Public Hearing. For months, Wagner has been working with the Town to change an ordinance which does not allow businesses to display stand-alone signs on the sidewalks outside their businesses.

After discussing the current sign ordinance with members of the CVC, Wagner approached the Planning Department last fall to address their concerns. Since then she has been campaigning to change the ordinance; if approved, it will allow businesses to display standard size “A”-frame and sandwich-board style signs outside.

“These local businesses, especially ones that may be struggling, need as much foot traffic as they can get,” explained Wagner. “To be able to promote things like their daily dinner specials, clothing sales, or deals of the week can greatly help attract new customers and give them a platform to advertise inexpensively.”

Wagner said the CVC is asking area businesses to attend the Wednesday hearing. “This hearing is essential for getting the ordinance to change,” said Wagner. “We’re hoping a good number of Londonderry businesses come out and speak up; tell the Planning Board why this ordinance needs to change.”

The Planning Board hearing is open to the public; residents and business owners are welcome to attend. It will start at 7 PM in the Moose Hill Council Chambers at Londonderry Town Hall. Those that are not able to attend are encouraged to write a position letter to the Planning Board, which must clearly state “Please read into the record.” Letters can be sent to the Planning Board Chair Arthur Rugg at 268B Mammoth Road, Londonderry, NH 03053 or emailed to jtrottier(at)


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  1. +9 Vote -1 Vote +1Red Forman

    Can we add language to this new sign ordinance to dis-allow ugly and offensive political signs from being displayed along Londonderry’s “Main Street”? Downtown Londonderry should not be one man’s personal billboard.

    1. -7 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

      I thought republicans were in favor of protecting peoples rights under the constitution. Oh, I forgot, unless it is advantageous for them not to.

    2. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Red Forman

      The Constitution gives us the right to speak not the right to be heard. That is why Londonderry is able to have a sign ordinance. That is a restriction on free speech isn’t it?

      1. -5 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

        Well, you would be the first one crying if some liberal said the second amendment gives the right to carry a gun, but not the right to shoot it.

      2. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Red Forman

        That restriction already exists. You can’t shoot off your gun anywhere you want and you can’t shoot off your mouth anywhere you want. Try standing along Mammoth Rd. while shooting at paper targets and watch what happens.

        1. -6 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

          There is a section on Mammoth Road where you can fire a gun, it is also very close to where the signs are located. Still, the point remains, you are a mindless hypocrite.

        2. +5 Vote -1 Vote +1Red Forman

          I have a mind, I’m not a hypocrite and at least I don’t have to resort to name-calling when losing an argument like a child.

          1. -8 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

            You champion second amendment rights under the guise of preserving the constitution all over this website while consistently making comments against the the first amendment. That is hypocritical. There was no name calling, if you had a mind you would realize I was being descriptive of you. Furthermore, with your last comment you did resort to very thing you claim not to do. You seem to be losing the argument, the signs can stand and there is nothing you can do about it except for whine.

          2. +3 Vote -1 Vote +1Red Forman

            I have also stated that I do support some restrictions on the Second Amendment such as laws preventing convicts from owning guns. I believe I’m very consistent.

            Furthermore, since you can’t seem to take a joke, my first comment was said in jest. I’m not so dense as to think they’re actually going to amend the sign ordinance. Good grief, take a chill pill.

          3. -5 Vote -1 Vote +1Bill

            How about some of your medical marijuana?

  2. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Deb Nowicki

    Numerous businesses in Londonderry have moved to another location out of Londonderry, have closed their doors or are on the verge of closing- hanging on by a thread. We need to work with businesses in a friendly & respectful manner, help them succeed and yes ALL signs in town for ALL purposes should be professional. NEON signs are against Londonderry ordinance…yet many in town exist. A signs have been all over the town for years now. I would suggest the business owners be present at the meetings, if can’t write in and voice their concerns and votes. I would suggest the Board listen to them and respond…all should be respectful, focus on business and stop the personal attacks.
    Carry on…. :)

    1. +2 Vote -1 Vote +1Red Forman

      Hi Deb, I completely agree. I want Londonderry’s businesses to succeed and I hope this change has it’s intended result. In the spirit of cooperation I reviewed my post but I could not locate a personal attack. Can we also agree that it would not be wise for struggling Londonderry businesses to insult their patrons? I would be willing to spend more of my money on local business if I were not insulted on a regular basis. No names mentioned. I will drop the issue now.

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