Auckland Signage Bylaw Review

Signage Bylaw Review - Auckland Unitary Plan

In 2006 Garth was appointed a special hearings commissioner to hear a much anticipated review of Auckland City Councils bylaws on signs and billboards.  Following a lengthy and high profile hearing substantial changes were adopted by Council.

In 2013 over a two month period Garth was engaged by Auckland Council to provide an urban design perspective to the review of the new signage bylaw for the Unitary Plan. The central challenge of the project was to provide a balance between commercial exposure and meeting the communities concern for amenity and safety. This involved a thorough review of existing bylaws using both national and international benchmarks. High level principles were applied to establish a set of measurable standards for permanent and temporary sign categories. A detailed case study of signage in one town centre developed illustrations of appropriate signage and identified ways forward including operational and regulatory measures

The review of signage for the new Auckland Council was a significant opportunity to comprehensively address the citywide standards and create a new regime using a proposed transition phase