Director Bunch requested that discussion of allowance of open house signs placed in road rights of way during certain weekend time frames be placed on the agenda to provide a review of the current rules and procedures regarding this type of signage.
As a matter of information, Montgomery County passed a Resolution and Order in October, 2007, prohibiting the placement of signs on a right of way of public roads. A copy of the Montgomery County Resolution and Order is attached. Currently, Montgomery County and their designees remove these signs from the road right of way as they are considered bandit signs by state law and Montgomery County ordinance.
In addition to the County Ordinance and Order prohibiting the placement of signs on a public road right of way, The Woodlands has covenant standards that prohibit the placement temporary signage on covenant properties except where expressly permitted by the DSC, DRC or CSC; however, even if authorized by the DSC, DRC or CSC, the authorization would still be subject to approval by the County since the signs are within the County controlled right of way.
In regard to realtor signs on private property, the 2014 Residential Standards allow one open house sign on the lot of the residential property that is for sale during the time the dwelling is open for public inspection, provided that the conditions of Standard 2.12 have been met. A copy of the Residential Standards relative to open house signs is attached.