WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - To some it's a subtle change. To others it may be more noticeable.
All permanent rental property signs are now down in West Lafayette neighborhoods. It comes after landlords and city officials took a hard look at the Tippecanoe County Unified Zoning Ordinance.
"The permanently affixed signs in a R1, R2 [zone] residential neighborhood do not fit the standards of that ordinance," West Lafayette Police Chief Jason Dombkowski said.
Temporary for rent signs are still allowed. Dombkowski said he started looking at the ordinance after neighbors in the New Chauncey Neighborhood complained about the signs.
Granite Management Manager Brent Gutwein said he did not have to take any signs down, but he did have to take a look at other signs.
"We were asked to repermit some temporary signage," Gutwein said. "Temporary signage is more banner type that exceeds, I would say, normal signage size."
Dombkowski said he and landlords agreed in September all signs would be down by October 1. On Monday Dombkowski told members of the city council that all signs are down.
Dombkowski and Granite Management officials admit a lot of attention was put on these signs after a banana ended up on the side of a Granite building.
"I say it drew some attention to the whole discussion, but I think it could be used in a positive manner to try to reach a good end conclusion," Gutwein
"Timing is everything," Dombkowski said. "The banana house issue hit at the same time these large billboard signs started appearing in the neighborhoods. People tend to lump the two issues together."
Gutwein said a decision about whether the banana breaks the ordinance or not is still undecided. He hopes the city and landlords' discussions can be the start of a big change.
"I think it's obvious some updating, and really getting things more pertinent are very important from an ordinance stand point," Gutwein said.
The trees is up and the decorations are set. Visitors are getting a special look at the Haan Mansion as Christmas approaches.
Several generations gathered Saturday to remember a day that will live in infamy. The day marked 72 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Downtown Lafayette transformed into a scene right out of Victorian England Saturday for Dickens of a Christmas.