At Lake Tahoe we have a beautiful environment but some businesses and Incline Village real estate agents flout the rules and contribute to visual blight and pollution. There is a very strict ordinance in Washoe County pertaining to real estate signs and also rules for all signage within the Lake Tahoe basin that is under the jurisdiction of the TRPA.
We like to keep our community looking nice and that's one reason we have a rule that states each property can have one or two signs with no sign being larger than 12 inches square. This allows Incline Village real estate agents to have signage that is easily visible but not distracting or unattractive. No sign riders are permitted under any circumstances.
However, certain agents have decided that the rules do not apply to them and we're now seeing ugly sign riders of all sizes, shapes and colors being attached to the 12 inch square standard signs. The problem is that we are not all competing a level playing field if some people are going to be allowed to flout the rules and not be penalized.
It's imperative that real estate boards all across the country enforce the local rules and regulations and not show favoritism towards individual agents. And in resort communities, it's a disservice to the local residents, businesses and visitors for anyone to be putting up signs that are outside of the local standards and creating visual blight.
Don Kanare is a Realtor at RE/MAX Premier Properties Read his blog and weekly stats on his Incline Village Real Estate web site at www.InsideIncline.com