January 26, 2012
Billboard news from Scenic Philadelphia
Dear Scenic Philadelphia Members and Friends,
Miraculously no one was hurt, but on January 13th, New Yorkers learned that 50 tons of steel towering over a Brooklyn neighborhood was a disaster waiting to happen.Watch this clip.
Meanwhile, last week, here in Philadelphia, the ZBA granted a variance to Clear Channel Outdoor allowing them to rebuild a non-conforming billboard located next to a row of townhouses and to increase the height to 9 stories. Actions prohibited under the Philadelphia zoning law.
The 1530 S. Front Street billboard existed before stricter sign control laws were enacted in 1991 and is allowed to remain as it is but cannot be altered because:
It is within 500 feet of another billboard
It is within 300 feet of a residences
It already exceeds the 25 ft height requirement
Scenic Philadelphia will recruit volunteer attorneys to represent the neighbors in appealing this decision as we have done over the past 20 years. The Commonweath Court of Pennsylvania has published many of our court victories dismissing the ZBA ‘s variances allowing billboards in protected areas.