Planning Commission to City Council: Don’t Allow Condemned I-95 Billboards to Relocate Near Houses

Posted June 15, 2011

Planning Commission to City Council: Don’t Allow Condemned I-95 Billboards to Relocate Near Houses

By Kellie Patrick Gates
For PlanPhilly

Planning commissioners say they don’t oppose a bill that would allow owners of billboards condemned to make way for the expansion of I-95 to relocate them without going through the usual permitting process. But they have a condition.

As written, Zoning Bill 100678 would allow any billboard that is currently closer to a home than code requires to retain that distance. So if a sign is now 100 feet from a residence, its new location is legal as long as the billboard is not closer than 100 feet from any residential structure.

Commissioners said Tuesday that they want City Council to amend the bill so that any relocated billboard must meet the code requirement to be no closer than 300 feet from a residentially zoned property, regardless of how close the billboard’s original location was.

Council is expected to vote on the legislation, which has passed out of Rules Committee, on Thursday.