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Arizona Senate Committee Kills Digital Billboard Expansion

On Tuesday the Arizona State Senate Committee on Commerce and Workforce Development voted down a measure to expand areas in the state where illuminated billboards would be allowed according to azdailysun.  A similar bill had passed the Arizona State house.  The committee members were concerned about the impact of additional billboards on the state’s astronomy industry.  Lamar, which was the chief proponent on the bill, had proposed to reduce in half the amount of land on which digital signs would […]

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San Mateo Considering Billboards On County Land

  Allvision, Outfront Media and San Mateo County are exploring the feasibility of putting billboards on San Mateo County land along Highway 101 and Interstate 280.  Here’s the language taken from County Manager John Maltbie’s March 3, 2016 Report To the Board of Supervisors: Outdoor advertising program being considered In coming months, Real Property will bring to the Board a proposal initiating an Outdoor Advertising Program. The proposed agreement between the County and Allvision/Outfront Media will provide a minimum of […]

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Vancouver May Crack Down On Digital Billboard Boat

The City of Vancouver is trying to decide if it has the ability to regulate a digital billboard which has been deployed on a boat which cruises False Creek and English Bay in downtown Vancouver according to a story in Vancouver Sun.  Burke Billboards operates a 65 foot boat which carries a digital billboard which is 12′ by 40′.   The boat cruises a route from False Creek to English Bay in downtown Vancouver from 7am to 11pm 7 days […]

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Appeals Court Rules Against Lamar In Los Angeles

The 2nd District Court of Appeal overturned a lower court ruling that LA’s restrictions on off-site signs violate the California constitutions guarantee of free speech.  The decision held that cities can have different on-premise and off-premise rules without violating the first amendment. In 2002 Los Angeles passed a sign ordinance prohibiting new billboards from being approved outside of designated sign districts and prohibiting existing billboards from being converted to digital.   Lamar sued in 2013 and had won a lower […]

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Tax Relief Possible For Broadway Billboards

New York City has a 3.9% commercial rent tax which applies to billboards and advertising signs.  The tax applies to businesses south of 96th street with an annual gross rent paid of at least $250,000.  Two city council members are introducing legislation to exempt the rental of Broadway billboards from the rent tax according to capitalnewyork.com.

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Lamar wants new board in Chandler AZ

Lamar has requested a zoning change to put up a digital sign along Loop 202 in Chanler AZ according to AZ Central.  It would be the first new sign in 32 years.  Lamar would like to put a 70 foot two sided digital billboad on the north side of Loop 202 in a retention basin adjacent to the Frye Road Business Park at 56th street.  City officials say the request may prompt them to consider revising the existing billboard rules. […]

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Morrow passes 90 day billboard moratorium

The Clayton News Daily reports that Morrow, Georgia has passed a moratorium on billboard construction.  The moratorum stops construction or application for billboards over 35 square feet in size.  The moratorium was requested by the city attorney’s office to review the constitutionality of the city’s sign ordinance in the wake of Reed v Gilbert.  The moratorium expires in 90 days or after adoption of a new sign ordinance, whichever comes first.

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Light Wars In Arizona

OAAA President Nancy Fletcher comments in in a recent OAAA report that lighting is becoming a digital sign permitting hot button.   A bill to open up additional areas of Arizona to digital billboards has passed the Arizona state house and it drawing flak from astronomers.  See “America’s Stargazing Capital Is At War Wtih Bright Highway Billboards” in Popular Mechanics and “Bill would LoosenRestrictions on Electronic Billboards” .

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Rapid City & Lamar Settle

Rapid City and Lamar have settled their dispute according to the Black Hills Fox.  Last Monday the Rapid City council authorized the mayor and finance officer to sign a settlement of a billboard dispute with Lamar.  The settlement includes A repeal of the city’s ban on digital billboards. A reduction in the distance between billboard form 2,000 feet to 1,500 feet. Protection of 60 sign credits that Lamar stood to lose. A $100,000 payment to lamar.  

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Surry County Bd Compromises On Billboards

The Mt Airy News reports The Surry County Board of Commissioners has reached a compromise in a debate regarding billboards in the county.  The compromise requires a conditional use permit for construction of a billboard in industrial manufacturing, highway business and community business zones.  A more restrictive proposal which would have limited billboards just to industrial manufacturing zones was rejected. The proposal will require anyone seeking a billboard to get approval from the County’s planning board on the basis that […]

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