The Jackson Township Council passed the first reading of an ordinance placing rules on the placement of real estate signs on residential properties, an issue that Orthodox Jews have said is in response to Jews moving into the township.
The ordinance requires a permit to “place, use or locate a real estate or other temporary sign,” as well as the payment of a $25 permit fee.
For Sale and For Rent signs will be limited to 1 per property, and cannot exceed an area of 6 square feet or 4 feet in height, and must be removed within three days of closing. They must also be set back at least 15 feet from the curb or edge of existing roadways.
Properties may include up to 5 Open House directional signs but cannot be placed until an hour before the open house begins and must be removed immediately once the open house ends. A separate permit will not be required for open house signs.
Violators of this section of the ordinance would be hit with a minimum fine of $500 and a maximum fine of $1,000.
Contractors doing work on Jackson Township properties would not be allowed to erect signs displaying their name or what they do.
Signs for garage/lawn sales and the like cannot be posted on structures such as telephone poles, street signs, trees or fences.
Violations of this section of the ordinance ordinance, if adopted, would come with a $100 fine.