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Valdosta billboards beware

August 21, 2007

Valdosta - As Valdosta continues to grow, more billboards are popping up on the horizon.   

It's forcing the city council to re-think its sign ordinance.  "Our zoning ordinance hasn't been overhauled since the 1960's when it was originally adopted and obviously there have been a lot of changes in the billboard industry as far as technology goes," says Anne-Marie Wolff, Planning and Zoning Administrator.

They say while billboards are an important part of economic development, they must take action to assure its done while keeping the aesthetics of the city in mind.  "What we'd like to accomplish is basically have a set of regulations that will help us continue to grow while protecting our community's quality of life."

Rewriting the billboard and sign ordinance will take 17 months and look at everything from height to size and design. 

But until that final draft is rewritten and approved, the city is drafting an interim development ordinance they hope will streamline the billboard process while keeping the community in mind.  "Its written in a simple manner so they know what they need to do in order to construct a sign and once they come into the office there's no questions, no changes," Wolff says.

That temporary ordinance will be completed and possibly approved by September sixth.

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