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Revision to proposed sign ordinance online
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The public has two more weeks to review proposed changes to the county's sign ordinance.

The Dawson County Board of Commissioners plans to wait until June 2 to vote on the proposed changes in order to give the public time to review the document, which is available online at

Three public hearings were held over the last few months to give the public an opportunity to voice any concerns on the proposed changes.

Several residents and members of the business community attended the hearings and offered suggestions that ranged from smaller signs in residential areas to larger signs along the Ga. 400 corridor in an effort to promote business.

Jane Graves, president of the Dawson County Homeowners Association, was the only person to address the ordinance during last Thursday's public hearing.

Graves asked the board to reconsider the proposed 12-month period in which a temporary sign could remain in a residential area.

"A year is not temporary in a residential area," she said.

Planning director David McKee has said the review was designed to create a content neutral ordinance, reduce the number of illegal signs on rights of way and allow business owners an avenue to display their business.

He said many of the proposed additions were made at the request of business owners. Others, such as sign heights, were based on variances that have been approved in the past.