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Grovetown temporarily bans billboards

Posted: August 16, 2012 - 12:16pm  |  Updated: August 19, 2012 - 12:08am

Grovetown officials approved a temporary ban on billboards at Monday’s city council meeting.

The moratorium prohibits new signs bigger than 25 square feet.

“I’m very concerned Grovetown has become a target for outdoor advertising, billboard companies,” Councilman Sonny McDowell said. “We need some breathing room.”

During the moratorium, Georgia Municipal Association staffers will review the city’s sign ordinances through the free Ordinance Review Program. The staff will then make recommendations to amend the ordinance.

“If we don’t (do something), I’m worried we’ll get a billboard on every piece of property on Robinson Avenue and Wrightsboro Road,” McDowell said.

The moratorium, which went into effect Tuesday, will last 90 days.

Also at the meeting, city leaders also approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the CSRA Regional Commission to draft a Request for Proposals for a traffic feasibility study for Robinson Avenue. The project was one of several in or near Grovetown approved in the recent Transportation Investment Act.

McDowell said Georgia Department of Transportation officials agreed to try to incorporate ideas of city leaders when designing the project.

The city needs to submit design ideas, McDowell said, “otherwise we’re going to be left without what we want.”

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