Land Use at the State Level

North Carolina General Assembly Mulling Legislation Governing Location and Maintenance of Electronic Billboards

The North Carolina General Assembly is mulling two bills at the committee phase — Senate Bill 183 and House Bill 309 — that would allow outdoor advertisers to replace existing outdoor billboards with electronic ones, would allow placement of those electronic billboards every 1500 feet, and would expand the area from 250 feet to 400 feet around those outdoor billboards that could be cleared of trees or other vegetation. As drafted, the bills would affect interstate highways and federally assisted roads such as U.S. 64 and 70 in Wake County (home of Raleigh) and U.S. 74, N.C. 49 and 521 in Mecklenburg County (home of Charlotte).

According to news outlets, the bills have met mixed reviews.

We’ll keep an eye on this evolving legislation.

Mike Thelen is a lawyer in Womble Carlyle’s Real Estate Litigation practice group. He regularly represents a wide variety of clients in land use and land development issues, from local governments to businesses, in both state and federal venues throughout North Carolina.

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