Commissioners approve restrictions on billboards

November 17, 2004|by TARA REILLY

The Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday approved restrictions that limit the number, size and location of billboards in the county.

The County Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the restrictions, which are part of the county's Zoning Ordinance.

The commissioners adopted a "cap and replace" policy for billboards, which prohibits a sign from going up unless another one is removed.

The new restrictions also include limits on size and location.

Commissioner John C. Munson was the only commissioner to vote against the new restrictions.

He said such regulations would hurt business.

"It's a grave mistake if it's passed," Munson said. "It'll come back to haunt."

The commissioners voted 5-0 to lift the ban on new billboards.

The commissioners approved the billboard moratorium in June, while staff wrote the new restrictions on the outdoor signs.

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