Concerned by "unsightly and confusing" distractions to motorists and residents, the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday approved a pilot program to regulate the size and location of signs directing motorists to new housing developments.
The supervisors said the initial program will cover the Lake Forest and El Toro unincorporated areas, stretching northeast to Santiago Canyon Road. If it is successful, the boundaries may be expanded to other unincorporated areas of the county.
Supervisor Gaddi H. Vasquez, whose district includes the pilot program area, said there is "a great deal of community support" to regulate signs that spring up along roads and highways whenever a developer has a new subdivision for sale.
The ordinance establishing the program goes into effect in 30 days. It says that the signs are aesthetically "unsightly and damaging" as well as unsafe and distracting for drivers.