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Editorials

Our View: Discussion shows promising signs

A home builder’s request to add marketing signs near Blackberry Creek in Elburn seemed likely to result in a drawn-out debate earlier this month.

But because of a measured, thoughtful response from the Elburn Village Board, a reasonable compromise now appears within sight.

Orleans Homes sought to install 20-by-10 foot, double-faced marketing signs along Keslinger and Hughes roads. The village expressed initial concerns about the number of developers who would push for inclusion on the signs.

Village staff members also pointed out that the provision initially allowing for the signs was intended for the original developer, which is no longer in the area.

At Monday’s Village Board meeting, a proposal surfaced under which signs promoting just a website would be allowed. The website, which could be maintained by Orleans Homes, would supply detailed information for a fee provided by those looking to sell property in the area. The village indicated it will contact the Blackberry Creek homeowners association for more feedback about the plan.

Legitimate compromise can be hard to attain for governmental bodies, but we are cautiously optimistic in this case. Elburn appears to be on the right track to resolving this signage debate in a way that shows respect to all parties.

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