TN Groups Seek Removal of Billboards

The Commercial Appeal reports that some community groups are attempting to get four non-conforming signs removed.  The groups include Neighborhood Preservation, Inc, a couple local citizens and Memphis Bioworks.  They have petitioned court to have three signs in the Memphis Medical District and the fourth sign at Tillman and Walnut Grove removed because permits were issued improperly.

Insider’s take:  The city could be open to liability if it forces the billboard owners to take down a validly permitted billboard.   Interesting to see that the petitioners are trying to use the fact that one of the faces is empty as a reason the billboard should be taken down.  In some states regulators can force you to take down a non-conforming billboard if it remains unoccupied for too long.  Insider doesn’t think this is the case in Tennessee.


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