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How Much Repair is Too Much Repair?

February 21, 2013

Hershel Greene runs a small animal hospital out on the edge of town. When the business first opened thirty years ago, he had a large billboard advertising the business installed out by the road.  Herschel had been heavily involved with … Continued

Can We Prohibit Offensive Signs?

November 9, 2011

Malcolm Tucker runs a small nightclub. He recently put up a billboard advertising his business on the main road leading into town. The billboard is garish to say the least. It is bright orange and uses suggestive language and photos … Continued

Signs of the Times: The Regulation of Political Signs

October 20, 2011

Earlier this year it was reported in an Arizona newspaper that a prominent community activist (Ms. Smith) might face misdemeanor charges after witnesses saw her stealing campaign signs that Ms. Smith said were illegal and “negative” in their message. It … Continued

Campaign Signs and Local Land-Use Ordinances

April 27, 2010

UPDATE September 2013:  In 2011 the General Assembly adopted legislation establishing standards for political signs within the right-of-way of NCDOT roads and highways, giving NCDOT the authority to enforce them.  The adopted statute (G.S. 136-32) does, however, allow municipalities to … Continued