The state of Colorado has taken the final rule making steps towards finalizing their Outdoor Advertising Rules. This has been a substantial effort for the state which will impact businesses advertising throughout the state, along state roads as well as addressing new state roads added to the highway system within Colorado.
The States Attorney General’s office has issued its certificate and filed the rules for the State. This will result in the new rules taking effect February 14, 2015. Until that time the current Outdoor advertising rules will remain in effect.
The new rules will be available online after the effective date at the States website
http://www.sos.state.co.us/ located under "Administrative Rules of State Agencies".
The Colorado Department of Transportation has extended their thanks and recognition to all stakeholders in the development of the new rules and clarification of sign technology including state and local government staff, participating sign owners, sign manufacturers and industry associations including SGIA.
Williams County of North Dakota has ended a 3 month moratorium on sign permits which began on April 3, 2014. This action taken by the county officials was considered a necessary exercise in order to update the existing sign code to accommodate various sign permit request and balancing the requirements of the local municipalities.
At the same time the county was able to revise and update applicable areas of the code to be inline with the amendments that have occurred this year with the Federal Highway Outdoor Advertising Agreements which each state is required to review and address/implement accordingly under their state codes.
Mancos, Colorado has just ended a 3 month moratorium for accepting sign permits. As with many other municipalities who implement a moratorium on sign permits while working on addressing new sign types introduced into the marketplace or updating sign regulations to meet new design requirements, Mancos, Colorado has now revised their design review guidelines including new elements for signage and will now accept permit applications for signs.
The revised guidelines pertain to any development in the Highway Business District (Hwy 160 corridor) and the downtown Commercial District and are designed to protect and enhance the rural, western, and historical character of the area while still managing a proper economic growth for development.
The Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning has announced that community and municipality members of East Los Angeles have nearly completed work on an updated East Los Angeles Specific Plan. The plan will incorporate a form-based code to guide new developments. A part of this plan includes the East Los Angeles Community Standards District (CSD) Update project.
Part of the Los Angeles County Zoning Ordinance, the East Los Angeles CSD is a set of supplemental zoning regulations developed especially for East Los Angeles. The proposed CSD update will clarify and introduce new regulations and standards for commercial development including signage requirements.
The regional planning department will conduct an open house to brief the community on the project on June 12, 2014. There are two public hearings also scheduled to consider the adoption of the CSD Update. The first public hearing will be conducted by the Regional Planning Commission on July 23, 2014. A second public hearing will take place before the Board of Supervisors on August 2014.
SGIA will continue to track the progress of this initiative.
A bill that would relocate or remove dozens of signs advertising schools, beaches, ski slopes and other attractions from Maine’s interstate highways is headed to Gov. Paul LePage after receiving final approval in the Senate on Tuesday. The bill, LD 1831, protects an estimated $170 million in federal highway funds by bringing the state in line with federal regulations on signs placed along the Maine Turnpike, Interstate 95 and Interstate 295.
The law would result in about 90 signs removed, relocated closer to the exits leading to the location advertised, or replaced with smaller signs that fall within the bounds allowed by federal rules. Supporters of the bill say that it would not only protect valuable federal highway funds for Maine, but it would take the sign-approval process out of the political realm by establishing a regulatory process by which new signs could be placed along the highways. Lawmakers decide, on a case-by-case basis, every time a business or other group wants to put a sign on the Interstate.