GRAFTON,Mass. — The proposed variable electronic sign amendments passed Town Meeting Monday night by a two thirds majority with an additional amendment added that would restrict them only in existing business districts.
This is a long fought victory for the Planning Board, which has been struggling for four years to devise a by-law that would meet the needs of businesses, which want the signs, and placate the residents who fear they would turn the town into a Las Vegas strip.
Paul Scarlett of the Grafton Historic Districtl Commission proposed an amendment which required the variable flashing signs to be permitted only in existing business districts, grandfathering those that are out of compliance now.
Planning Board Chairman Stephen Qualey said the new amendments were not perfect, but a step in the right direction.
The sign bylaw does not allow big plasma screens that flash, nor will they be allowed within a residential district, only in business zoned districts.