Phoenix voluntary billboard freeze in the works

by Michael Clancy – Jun. 3, 2011 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic

The outline of a voluntary moratorium on billboard construction is taking shape as the Phoenix City Council won agreements from a developer and a billboard company to hold off on their plans until a city committee can consider revisions to the city’s billboard ordinance.

The council on Wednesday was considering the John F. Long property called Algodon, which runs along both sides of Loop 101 between Thomas and Camelback roads in west Phoenix. The Algodon plan included four 110-foot billboards along the freeway…

…Councilman Bill Gates then asked American Outdoor to drop its legal action against Phoenix. The company had appealed the city’s April rejection of its plans to put a billboard at Bell Road and Arizona 51, arguing that it was being held to different standards than a previously approved board at Loop 101 and 32nd Street.

American Outdoor, with Morris noting that the request was “highly unorthodox,” agreed to drop the legal action…

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