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Posted on July 5, 2018

Creative Sign Design in APA's "Zoning Practice"

Zoning-Practice-2018-07_Page_1The July 2018 issue of Zoning Practice, the American Planning Association’s (APA) monthly publication, features ISA's article on “Sign Regulations That Encourage Creative Design.”

This edition of Zoning Practice was written by James Carpentier, AICP. James is ISA's director of state and local government affairs.

APA's Zoning Practice monitors the latest trends in local land use controls and that delivers practical guidance for code drafters and administrators.

Nearly 200 planners attended James’ panel presentation "Sign Regulations That Encourage Creative Design" at the APA National Planning Conference in New Orleans on April 23rd. The session, moderated by James, included planners from Gilbert AZ, Tucson AZ and Phoenix AZ, and helped attendees learn innovative ways to regulate signs that contain the elements of outstanding design.

The Zoning Practice article on “Sign Regulations That Encourage Creative Design” includes even more examples of communities which encourage creative sign design through their sign codes.

You can purchase a copy of the article on APA's website.


Topics: APA

Free resources

  • Night-time Brightness Level Recommendations for On-Premise Electronic Message Centers
  • Statistical Analysis of the Relationship Between On-Premise Digital Signage and Traffic Safety
  • Executive Summary: Digital Signage and Traffic Safety
  • Finding Common Ground: Answers to Common Questions about Electronic Message Centers (EMCs)
  • Differences between On-Premise and Off-Premise Signs
  • Video Examples of EMC Hold Times
  • Model Sign Code: A Framework for On-Premise Sign Regulations
  • An Evidence Based Model Sign Code
  • Signs and Federal Laws of Protection
  • Building Stronger Communities: Working Together to Create Reasonable Sign Codes
  • Urban Wayfinding Planning and Implementation Manual
  • Best Practices in Regulating Temporary Signs
  • The State of Sign Codes after Reed v. Town of Gilbert
  • The Economic Value of On-Premise Signage (1997, San Diego)
  • The Economic Value of On-Premise Signage (2012, Cincinnati)
  • Signs and the Downtown Experience
  • Executive Summary: The Economic Value of On-Premise Signage
  • Executive Summary: Signs and the Downtown Experience
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David Hickey, VP Advocacy

David Hickey
VP, Advocacy

James Carpentier, AICP

James Carpentier, AICP
Director, State & Local Goverment

Kenny Peskin

Kenny Peskin
Director, Industry Programs | @signcodeguy


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