Cambridge sign zoning violations prompt new, conforming laws


CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The village's zoning enforcement officer has been instructed not to enforce zoning law dealing with nonconforming signs until zoning revisions have been adopted.

Some business signs have recently come into violation with the sunset clause in the amortization of nonconforming signs, which was adopted in 2009. The clause states that even signs with an originally valid permit, "shall be removed or brought into compliance with the provisions herein no later than five (5) years after the adoption of this Local Law."

In the village board's May 7 meeting, board members elected in a 4-0-1 decision to not enforce the sunset clause until the new draft sign law is finalized. Village trustee Steve Robertson abstained.

"The Sunset clause was set out for five years by design," Robertson said, according to the meeting's minutes. "Noble Ace (Hardware) has done their sign in compliance. Sure Fine is too tall. If we are going to make our laws, we should stand by them."

Zoning board member Stephan Deibel made revisions to the draft sign law in March based on previous sign zoning workshops. Those changes suggest removing redundancies and making the language clearer.

"(The) new draft sign law has not yet been finalized," said Trustee Rick Lederer-Barnes at the May board meeting. "The new law is supposed to clear up ambiguities. This gives us time while we figure out exactly what we want."

A series of zoning workshops will start on Tuesday, July 22, at 7 p.m. to welcome public and business input for the finalization of the sign zoning law. Also on July 29 and August 5, 12, 19, and 26, each workshop will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The July 22 workshop will end early for a special village board meeting at 8:15 p.m. to discuss a change in residency requirements for full-time police officers and any public comments at that time.

All meetings and workshops take place at the village offices at 56 N. Park St.

See the proposed sign zoning law draft at,%202014.pdf

Read current zoning law at

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