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E-M:/ Billboard Answers

Enviro-Mich message from MUCC <mucc@mucc.org>

Thanks to everyone who volunteered to sign-on to the letter supporting
increased billboard controls (SB 445). I appreciate all the individual
people who wanted to sign-on to the letter, but I was really only
looking for organizations. If you support SB 445 in its effort to
preserve the scenic beauty of our roadsides, though, I encourage you to
personally write your own Senator.  This is much more effective than
including your name on a group letter.

Also, there seemed to be some concern about giving counties the ability
to regulate billboards within their jurisdiction and this resulting in
more signs.  Currently, the statute dealing with billboards in Michigan,
the Highway Advertising Act, states that a city, village or township can
create ordinances regulating billboards within their jurisdiction as
long as they are more stringent than state law.  SB 445 proposes that
counties should have this ability as well.  These county ordinances,
which must be more restrictive than state law, would only be effective
in those cities, villages and townships within the county that have not
enacted an ordinance of their own.  Therefore; cities, village and
township that have ordinances, which must be more restrictive than the
state, superceed the counties.  

I hope this clears up some confusion pertaining to this legislation.  

Please contact me if you have questions:  
Julie Metty
MUCC Resource Policy Specialist

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