Planning for Sign Code Success

APA Virginia Chapter


Tuesday, April 4, 2017
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. EDT

Richmond, VA, United States

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Coming up with reasonable and enforceable sign codes can often be a complex and controversial process. With so many community stakeholders caring about sign codes, it is important to get the most accurate, up-to-date information and expertise as possible. The seminar will present modules that educate experienced land use planners on the technology within signs, sign code issues, understanding electronic message centers, and the importance of signs to business. In light of the new challenges imposed by the recent Supreme Court Reed ruling, attendees will be presented with important interim and permanent policy changes to bring municipal ordinances into compliance with the Court’s new precedents. Attendees will learn the latest technologies, controls, impacts and regulatory issues involved with on-premise signs. They will learn how sign construction and design is affected by building and electric codes, as well as energy efficiency and lighting science concerns. Attendees will be instructed in the technologies involved in electronic message centers and ways to control their use. Attendees will understand the impacts of well-designed signage on local small business. Finally, participants will be provided with resources available in model on-premise sign codes.

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Benjamin Blankinship, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Ben Blankinship holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree and a Graduate Certificate in Local Government Management, both from Virginia Tech. He has worked as a professional planner for 29 years, the last 17 as the Zoning Division Manager for Henrico County. He has been a Certified Planner since 1993 and ... Read More

Deborah Albert, AICP

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Deborah Albert, AICP, manages the One-Stop Arlington Program, in Arlington County, VA. One-Stop Arlington is an enterprise-wide initiative to develop and implement an online permitting system, and to transform the County’s building and land development and permitting business processes. Her previous work with Arlington County includes ten years coordinating ... Read More

Kenny Peskin

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Kenny Peskin is the Director of Industry Programs for the International Sign Association. Kenny helps represent the on-premises sign industry in developing technical standards and responding to code issues across the country. As part of his work, he regularly meets with city officials, appears at public hearings, files written comments ... Read More

James Carpentier, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

James Carpentier is currently the Director State and local Government Affairs with the International Sign Association. In this capacity James works with and educates local officials and planners in the creation of reasonable and effective sign codes. Prior to that James was the owner of Carpentier Consulting LLC where he ... Read More

Sapna Budev

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Sapna Budev is the Executive Director of the Sign Research Foundation. She has the ultimate responsibility for establishing and overseeing program, financial, and operational goals; guiding creation and implementation of strategic plans; and representing the Foundation before key constituencies. She works closely with the Academic Advisory Council for Signage Research ... Read More

Deacon Wardlow

Confirmed Speaker

Deacon Wardlow is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) with specializations and certifications in computing, network security, and systems analysis. He is currently a Special Ops Director of Spectacular Media – a dynamic digital signage cloudware control and content creation/management platform for LED signs and interior Digital Signage solutions. In ... Read More

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