Candidates looking to plaster their signs around Port Coquitlam when civic election season commences this fall will have to be careful they are not contravening the city's updated election bylaw.
Signs will only be permitted on public property at 12 locations in an effort to curb the proliferation of election signs that staff said has become an issue in recent campaigns.
In past elections, city staff and bylaw officers have had to deal with complaints about sign placement. Susan Rauh, the city's corporate officer, said she hopes the bylaw will help keep the signs contained to a few specific areas. Among the approved locations are:
Granny Smith Park boulevard (northeast corner of Shaughnessy Street and Wilson Avenue);
Shaughnessy Street south of Nacht Avenue (east-side boulevard);
Kingsway Avenue between Kelly and Wilson avenues (east-side boulevard);
boulevards in front of 2061, 1855 and 1925 Kingsway Ave.;
Shaughnessy Street just south of Citadel Drive (past the parking lot area);
boulevard area between Mary Hill Bypass and Argue Street (west of Pitt River Road);
boulevard area between Lougheed and the Oxford Connector (in front of the parking lot for the stores);
Coast Meridian Road just north of Prairie Avenue on west boulevard;
Shaughnessy Street just south of Manning Avenue, north of Lougheed;
Westwood Street south of Kitchener Avenue;
City property at the southwest corner of Kingsway and Maple Street.
Mail-in ballots will also now be offered in Port Coquitlam to civic voters who are out of town or physically unable to get to a polling station due to health problems.