The topic of contentious sign regulations resurfaced during the Wilton Planning and Zoning Commission's Jan. 9 meeting. During his report to the commission, Town Planner Bob Nerney brought up the U.S. Supreme Court\u2019s 2015 decision in the Arizona-based sign ordinance case of Reed v. Town of Gilbert. \u201cOne of the opinions that really caught my eye was Justice [Samuel] Alito\u2019s,\u201d said Nerney. \u201cHe laid out some rational \u2014\u00a0things that he thought towns could continue to regulate.\u201d At a time when Wilton\u2019s sign regulations are being looked at by town counsel, Nerney said, the case decision \u201ckind of puts you in the mindset of what the Supreme Court had looked at.\u201d The issue of signage was looked at in Wilton about a year-and-a-half ago, said Nerney, and \u201cwas done more within the sparing of whether or not our regulations met the town\u2019s needs, in terms of business needs and also public needs.\u201d \u201cIt was kind of an exercise that the commission went through and they felt that changes really were not warranted,\u201d he said. \u201cJust at that was concluding, so did the decision on the U.S. Supreme Court case [and that] led the commission at the time to say, \u2018Look, maybe we got to take a look at it in that light as well\u2019 \u2014 so that\u2019s kind of where we are today.\u201d When it comes to Wilton\u2019s sign regulations, Nerney said, \u201cthere are really two issues.\u201d The first, he said, is compatibility with the Supreme Court\u2019s decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, in which the court clarified when municipalities may impose content-based restrictions on signage and the level of constitutional scrutiny that should be applied to content-based restrictions on speech. The second issue, Nerney said, comes down to whether or not the planning commission decides to get back into the issue of Wilton\u2019s signage allowances to see \u201cwhether or not they\u2019re adequate.\u201d When it comes to sign regulations in Wilton, Nerney said, he doesn\u2019t think it\u2019s \u201cas bad as it seems.\u201d Although \u201cthere are certain things that we call out that we probably shouldn\u2019t,\u201d said Nerney, he doesn\u2019t think the town is \u201cthat far out of compliance.\u201d Before making any decisions, Nerney suggested the planning commission wait to hear back from town counsel regarding Wilton\u2019s sign regulations. Planning and Zoning Chair Joe Fiteni agreed and asked his fellow commissioners to read up on the town\u2019s sign regulations. \u201cWe should all go through this,\u201d said Fiteni. \u201cWe should all weigh in and hopefully get town counsel to give us their thoughts on this, and then [take it from there].\u201d The next Planning and Zoning Commission meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 23, at 7:15 p.m., in Room A of the town hall annex.