Tuesday’s primary election may be in the books, but many of the political signs from some of the summer races remain. Anchorage’s Code Enforcement Chief Jack Frost says under a rewritten version of Title 21, signs of losing campaigns or candidates can stay in place indefinitely.
Frost wasn’t available for an on-camera interview with Channel Two Friday. Anchorage’s ordinance is separate from DOT law, which bars any signage in right-of-ways.
"You go by and all you see is signs on the street corners, or down by me in the Peninsula you see them all over the roads and they're just blocking what beauty we have," said Kenai resident Ed Kobak.
Title 21 regulates planning and zoning in Anchorage. The Assembly made changes to the code last year, and are going back and reviewing those changes again. The issue of how signs on private property are regulated hasn’t come up yet.
"We haven't gotten down to that yet, we're still at the 500 foot level at this point,” said Assemblywoman Jennifer Johnston.
Johnston is chairing a committee that’s hearing input from developers, contractors and architects on what improvements can be made to the ordinance.
As for the sign issues, Frost says most candidates usually diligent about taking their signs down.