Updated: July 4, 2014 6:03AM
CROWN POINT — Forty-eight temporary directional signs have been approved for use with the 12 city properties in this year’s Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana Parade of Homes.
Vicki Gadd, HBA executive officer, appeared before the Board of Public Works and Safety to request a variance to the city’s sign ordinance prohibiting signs in parkways and public right of ways.
“This year we have 38 homes,” Gadd said last week. The Parade of Homes gives homebuyers and the public in general a chance to walk through newly constructed homes in various cities and towns constructed by a variety of different homebuilders.
Each builder is given four signs for their home that are used to help those trying to find the homes on the parade, Gadd said. The signs say Parade of Homes and have the NBA’s logo on them.
Gadd said the signs would go up one day before the event begins June 21 and come down one day after it ends June 29.
Keith Stevens, chief of staff, said the event highlights the community. There is also just one agency to contact if there is an issue with a sign.
Board member Robert Clemons, who is also a city councilman, said he knows what the ordinance says about signs.
“We felt we do have to make some concessions… I think we can work with this,” Clemons said.
Mayor David Uran said he supports the use of the signs in this case because the Parade of Homes sign represents all the associations’ builders. He stands behind the board’s previous decision to deny requests from individual builders to place temporary signs to their subdivisions.
Uran said the sign ordinance was necessary because the use of signs and where they were placed was out of control.
“It was just the Wild, Wild West before,” Uran said.