Two Lancaster Pike businesses are asking Providence Township's zoning hearing board for permission to keep banners flying in front of their buildings.
Providence Auto and Providence Building Supply and Hardware want variances from the township's zoning ordinance. The law prohibits banners with lettering on them.
While the law allows banners without lettering and other temporary signs for special sales and events, those displays can be put up for no more than 20 days. The banners and other temporary signs may only be displayed in properties zoned for either commercial or industrial use.
Those two businesses and three others, all along Lancaster Pike near the highway's intersection with Truce Rd., were sent enforcement notices by Heidi Martinez, the township's zoning officer.
"We had a complaint about those banners on Lancaster Pike and when I checked, I found they were in violation of the ordinance," Martinez said.
Providence Auto and Providence Building Supplies both asked for variances to keep their banners. None of the other three firms had banners up this past Saturday.
The township's zoning ordinance was changed in September, 2017, to allow the temporary banners and signs. The amendment to the ordinance does not allow banners with letters. Until the ordinance was amended two years ago, all banners were banned.
The two zoning hearings will be held at the township building, 300 Mt. Airy Rd., at 7 p.m. on October 8. The hearings are open to the public.