SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Township Council approved changes to the “signs” ordinance at their last meeting.  With no discussion from the public or council members ordinance 19-15 was unanimously approved, eliminating a number of previously prohibited options for businesses.

Mayor Molly Whilesmith said the changes were made to make Sparta more business friendly while maintaining the environment residents expect.

The ordinance now allows businesses and other non-residential properties to display flags, banners, bunting and string lights.  It also changes the language to say, “Signs shall not include any flashing, rotating, intermittent or rotating illumination.”

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Whilesmith cited the Sparta Historical Society as an organization that will be impacted by this change.  She said they have wanted to be able to hang bunting but were prohibited by the ordinance.

The Sparta Planning Board will get a chance to comment on the council’s proposed ordinance change.  The council members can decide to accept or ignore any advisory given by the Planning Board.

“I am confident Sparta businesses will be making displays and decorating in a way that compliments their business and the area around them,” Whilesmith said.