Community meeting on electronic billboards, Wed Aug 4

The City is preparing to finalize revisions to Pittsburgh Code regarding the placement and operation of electronic billboards within Pittsburgh.  These changes will affect every neighborhood’s potential to enjoy and protect its scenic beauty.  Hear the latest details from the experts and make sure your neighborhood is represented by attending this important public meeting.  Legal and lighting experts will explain the draft legislation and listen to your feedback at the upcoming meeting to be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 at 200 Ross Street.

In recent years, new technology has created many new types of moving, flashing and color-changing electronic signs that were previously not possible. With new LED technology,these signs can often be seen for miles.

As Pittsburgh residents and business owners, how do we use electronic signage and take advantage of new lighting technologies while still protecting our city’s famous scenic vistas, controlling light pollution and maintaining motorist safety? New legislation is being developed to bring the zoning code up-to-date with the new technology.

This community meeting will include the Department of City Planning, legal expert Chris Duerksen of Clarion Associates, and lighting expert Nancy Clanton of Clanton & Associates, Inc.  They will explain the draft legislation for electronic signage and hear your opinion on how to proceed.  All interested and concerned Pittsburgh residents are invited to attend.