This is a copy of an email I received from a neighborhood coalition in Phoenix. Terrible news!!
In a 4-0 vote, Maricopa County Supervisors voted yesterday to approve an applicant-written text amendment by Becker Boards to become law.
What it means
Passage of this law means that Becker Boards and other sign companies can erect off-premise digital advertising signs on unincorporated county lands.
What are the specifics?
Now, digital signs on county lands can:
be as big as 14' x 48'
change messages every 8 seconds
be 150' separation from residential
be as bright as 300 nits (equal to 10 full moons)
be within 3 miles of incorporated land (cities and towns)
What the law doesn't do
The law does not require a sign company to take down other boards when erecting a digital sign. That's contrary to scores of jurisdictions around the country, including Phoenix, which requires sign companies to take down 1200 s.f. for every digital sign erected.
Nor does the law increase message dwell times (8 seconds, the standard, is pretty rapid). It also doesn't reduce the illumination to a number less than 300 nits, which is the equivalent of the brightness of 10 full moons.
How about our Supervisors?
On this issue, we don't think anyone can say that they did anything for the opposition.
There was a last minute entry by Becker Boards' competitors; even other sign companies were kept out of the loop.
You can watch the meeting on YouTube here.
More than 700 separate emails were sent in opposition to allowing digital signs on county lands. It is clear that there are a significant number of residents who don't want these eyesores across our highways.
We will continue to fight against these signs and the visual blight they cause.
Thanks goes out to Scenic America and Scenic Arizona, as well as Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter, the Arizona Astronomy Consortium, International Dark Skies Association--Phoenix Chapter and the hundreds of people across the county like you who let their voices be heard.
We are not gong away on the issues of dangerous and distracting signs that light up our night sky. We hope you'll be right there with us.
Edited by paul, 23 November 2021 - 10:50 PM.