If you've noticed yellow signs around Mount Airy, changes could be in store for the surrounding properties. The signs denote land that could be affected by the town's proposed master plan, which is under consideration.

The Mount Airy Town Council was presented with the proposed 2013 Master Plan Monday and has 60 days to act on the document, which is intended to serve as a road map for future development in the community.

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The town council will hold a public hearing on the plan Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Firemen's Activities Building at 1008 Twin Arch Road.

Mount Airy Planning Commission Chairman Bill Butts said the planning commission sought to devise a plan representative of the Mount Airy community when it began the process in 2009.

"It represents what our people prefer," he said. "It represents their values."

The plan and accompanying maps can be viewed online at http://www.mountairymd.org.

Political sign ordinance

The Mount Airy Town Council voted unanimously to approve a sign ordinance that would allow for larger political campaign signs in some parts of town.

Sponsored by Councilman Chris Everich, the change follows a pre-primary election controversy in which some residents complained about the size of political campaign signs in town.

A town regulation states campaign signs cannot be larger than 6 square feet, but the approved ordinance will allow 32-square-foot campaign signs on commercial and industrial property, as well as some residential properties where a special exception has been granted to allow business uses.

Political campaign signs will still be limited to 6 square feet in residential districts.

Everich said he wanted the amendment approved before the November general election to prevent the issue popping up again.

The change also addresses the timing of when political signs can be displayed.

Previously, political campaign signs could not be posted more than 60 days prior to an election and must be removed no more than seven days after an election. Under the change, those time frames would be eliminated.

Reach staff writer Blair Ames at 410-412-4880 or blair.ames@carrollcountytimes.com.

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