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Firm appeals panel's decision on billboards

July 03, 2004|By TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

A Mount Airy, Md., advertising company has appealed a Washington County Planning Commission decision to deny four billboards from going up in the county.

Planning Director Mike Thompson said Friday that the Planning Commission rejected the site plans submitted by Great Outdoor Advertising Company because each of the signs exceeded 1,000 square feet, the maximum size allowed under county regulations.

The Planning Commission rejected the plans on June 7.

Two of the billboards, one proposed for 11321 Massey Blvd. near Motel 6 and the other proposed for 1726 Massey Blvd. near Roy Rogers, were to have three sides, according to planning documents. Each were to be 75 feet high.

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Another 75-foot-high billboard was proposed for 13611 Pennsylvania Ave. at the Keystone Hunting Supply property near the Maugans Avenue intersection.

A 50-foot-high billboard was proposed for 19741 Leitersburg Pike.

The Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals will hear the appeals at a hearing on Wednesday.

The agenda for the hearing states the advertising company appealed the Planning Commission's decision because of an "administrative error."

J.P. Thal-Larson, co-owner of Great Outdoor Advertising Company, declined to comment on the appeals before the hearing.

Last month, the County Commissioners approved a 90-day ban on billboards, but the four plans from Great Outdoor Advertising Company were submitted before the moratorium took effect.

The commissioners passed the moratorium to give planning staff members time to make recommendations on new height and location restrictions for billboards.

The commissioners will review the billboard moratorium after 90 days to determine whether the ban should be lifted or remain in place.

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