What is a street sign topper?

    Street sign toppers are common in many cities. They build community identity and pride, cultivate an awareness of the significance of the designated area, and are a reminder of the diversity of neighbourhoods.

    The sign toppers are placed on top of existing street signs throughout an identified neighbourhood, district, addition or subdivision to delineate the boundaries of the identified area.

    The complete City of Greater Sudbury Street Sign Topper Policy is available here.

    Who is the New Sudbury Historical Society?

    The New Sudbury Historical Society is a group of community volunteers who are passionate about the history of this vibrant neighbourhood.

    The Historical Society was founded by Arthemise Camirand-Peterson who is also the author of a book of local history titled "New Sudbury: Not as New as You Think".

    Sales of this book will fund the Society’s application to manufacture and install 49 street sign toppers that celebrate the historical significance of the neighbourhood’s agricultural past.

    Total cost of the project is estimated at close to $5,000 to be paid in full by the New Sudbury Historical Society.

    What does the street sign topper depict?

    You can view an image of the New Sudbury street sign topper here.

    It is also posted on the left side of this page.

    The sign depicts a barn and a grazing horse and the years 1884-1939 New Sudbury /  Nouveau Sudbury.

    At one time, LaSalle Boulevard was lined with farms where families would grow crops of vegetables and potatoes that they would sell door-to-door.

    How many street sign toppers will be installed in New Sudbury?

    The New Sudbury Historical Society has already installed 40 sign toppers in Ward 12.

    The addition of 49 more will include Ward 8 and Ward 11.

    Why is it necessary to hold a public consultation?

    The City of Greater Sudbury Street Sign Topper Policy encourages pride in our neighbourhoods and a strong sense of community.

    Individuals or groups requesting to designate an area by the use of street sign toppers are responsible for identifying boundaries.

    These boundaries should reflect at least one of the following: an area of unique architecture, a commercial district (BIA), a ceremonial purpose (parade route), a historical settlement area, an area of historical importance, or to announce the arrival to a specific area.

    Applicants must confer with the residents of the designated area through a public consultation process and receive consensus amongst all involved.