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Billboards I - Disapprove modifications to UDO allowing billboard alteration PDF Print E-mail

WHEREAS the billboard industry through Fairway, its principal actor in the Durham area, has proposed that the ordinances of the City and County of Durham be amended to allow some billboards to be upgraded in their materials, some billboards to be upgraded to digital display, and some billboards to be relocated; and

WHEREAS billboards contribute to urban blight and decline, are burdensome to nearby neighborhoods, and are inimical to purposes of good planning and urban design; and

WHEREAS the billboard industry contributes little to city and county revenues or to the economic welfare of the Durham community; and

WHEREAS the City and County of Durham, to combat decline, promote the attractiveness of the community, and to protect neighborhoods, effectively banned new billboards in the middle 1980s and made those in existence at that time nonconforming uses; and

WHEREAS the city and county, through that same ban and thoughtful enforcement measures caused many billboards to be removed by lawful means; and

WHEREAS the ban survives in the provisions of the Durham Unified Development Ordinance subject to controlling federal and state laws and rules; and

WHEREAS the ban continues to serve its original purposes of beautifying the Durham community, promoting the economic renewal of the city and county, and protecting neighborhoods; and

WHEREAS the attrition of billboards in Durham as a result of the ban exceeds the national average; and

WHEREAS any change to Durham's ordinances which would allow billboards to be upgraded in their materials, upgraded to digital display, or relocated would end the ban, arrest attrition, and effectively make billboards in the Durham community permanent;


IT IS THEREFORE RESOLVED by the InterNeighborhood Council that:

  1. It is the policy of the InterNeighborhood Council of Durham that no changes should be made to the laws and ordinances of the City and County of Durham which would alter the nonconforming status of billboards, allow any billboard to be relocated, or allow any billboard to be upgraded or improved in anyway; and that
  2. The officers of the InterNeighborhood Council of Durham, or such other persons as may be delegated, shall communicate this resolution an the policy created by it to the governments of the City and County of Durham, to other officials, and to the people generally as may be necessary to accomplish the purpose of this policy.

 

Resolution passed 3/24/2009.

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