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Johns Creek considers easing sign restrictions

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After listening to frustrated business owners, Johns Creek will consider easing its sign restrictions.

"We have to be somewhere where we are able to advertise our businesses, where they can be visible, where people know they're there," said Chamber of Commerce President John Bemont. "But at the same time, it fits in with community standards and people driving by say 'What a nice city and that's what we like about Johns Creek now.'"

Business owners said they welcome eased restrictions on signage.

"It was an empty building for five years," said Maggie Offenhauser, the owner of Bubba's Pet Emporium off of Jones Bridge Road. "People aren't used to looking this way, so if I don't have something out on the road to attract their attention and make them look this way, I lose that customer."  

The owner of a nearby pharmacy that opened last fall agrees.

"I live here too," said Mike Shannon, owner of Lily's Pharmacy. "I don't want it to look like the Vegas strip. There's kind of a balance between Hilton Head and Las Vegas, right?"

The proposed changes would clear the way for businesses to have balloons, banners and sandwich signs to attract customers.

"I think you could still have a sign that's not too overwhelming or too bright that could make it fit in, and you could have the name on the sign and you would know it was here," said Cathie Brennan, a resident who shops in Johns Creek.

The city council will discuss the sign ordinance changes at a meeting on Monday night.

"It's all about keeping it classy," said Offenhauser. "Certainly, we don't want balloons on every tree outside or on signs on the street. We don't want sagging banners. We want things that look nice and make people proud to be in Johns Creek and shop in Johns Creek." 

A vote by the full council could come as early as next month.

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