Jun. 1, 2011 at 12:01am
Later today, the Tacoma Planning Commission will take testimony from Tacoma residents on how long the current billboard moratorium should remain in place:
Where: Tacoma City Council Chambers 747 Market Street
What: Billboard Moratorium Hearing. The Planning Commission will take testimony and likely make a decision on their recommendation as to how long the current billboard moratorium should remain in effect.
When: Today, June 1 at 4:00 p.m.
For more information: See below and the Central Neighborhood Council website
From the Tacoma Daily Index:
Tacoma billboard moratorium meeting June 1
(PHOTO COURTESY KEVIN FREITAS / FEEDTACOMA.COM)
CLEAR CHANNEL BILLBOARD IN TACOMA
May 31 2011
On Weds., June 1 at 4 p.m. the City of Tacoma's Planning Commission will hold a public hearing regarding the interim moratorium on billboards adopted by Tacoma City Council this month. The hearing will be held in City Council Chambers on the first floor of the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market Street.
At the City Council meeting on May 17, Ordinance No. 27982 was adopted, which put in place an emergency moratorium on the acceptance of applications to install or construct new billboards or to alter, modify or replace existing billboards anywhere in the City for 180 days. The purpose of the moratorium is to provide additional time for the City to review and consider changes to its billboard regulations. As required, the moratorium has been referred to the Planning Commission to develop findings and recommendations for submittal to City Council regarding the emergency moratorium. The Planning Commission is seeking public comment to assist them in formulating those findings and recommendations.
The public is invited to testify at the hearing or provide written comments no later than 12 p.m. on Weds., June 1, 2011 by mail at Tacoma Planning Commission, 747 Market St., Room 1036, Tacoma, Wash., 98402 or by facsimile at (253) 591-2002 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have additional questions, contact Shirley Schultz, Principal Planner, at (253) 591-5121.
Additional information, including the complete text of the moratorium ordinance adopted by the City Council, is available on the Planning Division Web site at http://www.cityoftacoma.org/planning (click on "Billboard Moratorium").
See everyone there.
IF YOU CANNOT MAKE THE MEETING, please email the Tacoma Planning Commission with your opinion on the current billboard moratorium:
You may also want to cc the Tacoma City Council as they will soon be voting on the issue:
In depth discussion of the threat of billboard blight by Kevin Fry of Scenic America before the American Institute of Architects.
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by Erik on 6/1/2011 @ 12:49am
|Here is the agenda packet of the Planning Commission:
by Erik on 6/1/2011 @ 12:52am
|From the City of Tacoma website (encouraging. Reason is starting to take some footing)
After consideration of public testimony, the Planning Commission completed their Findings and Recommendations Report to the City Council at their meeting on May 18, 2011. The Report, along with a cover letter, will be forwarded to the Council for their consideration.
In brief, the Planning Commission has recommended that digital billboards be prohibited in the City of Tacoma and has provided proposed code amendments to that effect. The attached documents describe the recommendation in detail.
Letter of Recommendation
Findings and Recommendations
Exhibit A: Recommended Draft Code Amendments
Exhibit B: Revised Public Review Draft Code Amendments (Not Recommended)
by Erik on 6/1/2011 @ 12:59am
|The Tacoma City Council needs to take the recommendations of the Planning Commission described in great detail here and ban digital billboards:
by KevinFreitas on 6/1/2011 @ 7:11am
|Or you can just email email@example.com (instead of all the individuals above). I can't make the oh-so-convenient 4pm meeting but am writing up my email right now.
by KevinFreitas on 6/1/2011 @ 7:26am
|Here's my email to the Planning Commission. Please feel free to copy/paste/modify to suit your voice on the matter:|
by Erik on 6/1/2011 @ 9:12am
|Awesome letter Kevin. Nice work!|
by Erik on 6/1/2011 @ 11:28am
|Update from Facebook from Fred Landsted:|
This is the email I sent to the Tacoma planning commission this morning.
To whom it may concern;
Unfortunately, we can not attend the meeting today at 4:00. If we had a chance to speak to the planning commission, our message would be simple...
At the very least, you must continue the moratorium, remove all non-compliant billboards, collect the fines for any billboard which is non-compliant and has not been removed as of today, and do not allow anymore of them to be permitted or constructed ever again...including all "old school" billboards, all "new school" electric television jumbo-tron billboards, and any other billboards of any kind.
All of us who live here know how unique and aesthetically beautiful Tacoma is...let's keep that as a priority when planning our future. If you were to ask anyone, "Do you want a billboard in your neighborhood?" the answer will always be "NO!"...who's city is this anyway?
by Nick on 6/1/2011 @ 7:20pm
|Any word on how the meeting went?|
by NineInchNachos on 6/1/2011 @ 8:28pm
|meeting went well. there were at least 2 people speaking in favor of billboards.|
by NineInchNachos on 6/1/2011 @ 8:29pm
|maybe more... I was a bit late|
by Erik on 6/1/2011 @ 10:51pm
|Any word on how the meeting went?
Amazing turn out against digital billboards. Representatives from a number of different groups including multiple neighborhood groups. i would guess 40 people were there and twenty spoke.
Everyone that I hear spoke against digital billboards and for a 6 month moratorium except for a speaker who resides in Seattle where digital billboards are banned.
by Erik on 6/1/2011 @ 11:05pm
|Here is the audio for the public hearing on the billboard issue which occurred on 6/1/2011 at 4:00 p.m.
by NineInchNachos on 6/2/2011 @ 8:32am
|Britton really nailed it|
by NineInchNachos on 6/2/2011 @ 8:43am
|interesting that Clear Channel President Olivia focused on Tacoma employees.. (union employees that would get laid off once billboards go digital) and scores of non-profits that submitted written comments so as to remain hidden from the local population.|
by NineInchNachos on 6/2/2011 @ 10:28am
|really great points made by all public speakers... hope folks have a chance to listen. Patricia had a great quip about whaling.
by Nick on 6/2/2011 @ 10:29am
|Bravo RR! Your comments made listening to that entire recording worth it! :-D
by NineInchNachos on 6/2/2011 @ 10:55am
|I'll sue you!|
by NineInchNachos on 6/2/2011 @ 8:39pm
|Anders Ibsen is one sharp guy|
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