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L.A. billboard vote delayed by Planning Commission

February 19, 2009 |  1:27 pm

The Los Angeles Planning Commission on Thursday postponed taking action on a proposed ordinance regulating all new billboards and commercial signs in the city.

Anti-billboard advocates, community groups and business representatives all urged the delay during a four-hour hearing in City Hall, saying the proposal was fraught with problems and that more public comment was necessary. The commission was expected to vote on the ordinance. The measure would outlaw new billboards, including digital displays, and supergraphics that are hung along the sides of buildings. Overall, the space allowed for new signage would shrink to one-quarter of what is currently permitted.

The commission decided to postpone consideration of the measure until its March 12 meeting and appointed a committee of four commissioners to review suggested revisions introduced at the two public hearings on the ordinance.

In December, the City Council imposed a three-month moratorium on all new signs, with a provision allowing two 45-day extensions, to buy time to replace the mishmash of codes and court rulings that regulate outdoor advertising in the city.

-- Phil Willon