politicians can truly know the heartbreak of being told by lowly code
enforcers that their yard signs are too big under local ordinance, the
Indiana General Assembly has done the noble thing and saved ginormous yard
signs for all Hoosier pols.
Associate Town Attorney Chuck Parkinson updated the Town Council at its
meeting Monday night, a new law enacted after the last election cycle
renders the town’s political sign ordinance “unenforceable.”
As long as a sign
is under 32 square feet--compared to the maximum area of six square feet
under Chesterton Town Code--the town “may not regulate it,” Parkinson said.
“Nor may we regulate the number of signs.”
It is still
illegal, on the other hand, to place a sign in the public right-of-way.
Generally speaking, this means that signs should be placed behind the
sidewalk or--in neighborhoods where there are no sidewalks--10 feet from the