Selected Articles on Sign Regulation

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John L. Gann, Jr., "Codes With Carrots," Signs of the Times, June, 1995, p. 86.

Code incentives can solve problems. They've had success in regulating signs.

John L. Gann, Jr., "Outdoor and Communities: A New Paradigm for the 21st Century,"Outdoor Advertising Magazine, July-Aug., 2005, p. 9.

Outdoor companies can find common ground with cities to their mutual advantage.

John L. Gann, Jr., "Simplifying and Incentivizing Sign Control," Planning & Zoning News (Planning & Zoning Ctr.), February, 2002, 17.

Typical sign codes are cumbersome and give users little flexibility. One city put all signs into two visual impact categories.

John L. Gann, Jr., "Sign Control in Cuyahoga Falls: Regulating Outside the Box," Zoning News (American planning. Assn.), July, 2003, 1.

A city adopted a sign code that won support from advocates and opponents.

John L. Gann, Jr., "Barberton's Enlightened Sign Code," Signs of the Times, May, 1995, p. 233.

A city developed a code with participation by the sign industry and local planners.

John L. Gann, Jr., "Is Sign Clutter Always Bad?" Sign Builder Illustrated, November/December, 1997, p. 38.

Research supports benefits of what codes fight as "clutter."

John L. Gann, Jr., "Public-Private Cooperation Produces New Sign Controls," Planning & Zoning News,, July, 1987, p. 10.

How to do a sign code in the headquarters of multiple sign and billboard companies.

John L. Gann, Jr., "The Great Outdoor Debate," Sign Builder Illustrated, January/February, 1999, p. 54.

First dual interview with Scenic America and Outdoor Advertising Assn. of America.

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