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Sussex County Ordinance on Billboards Could Be Near

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Billboards line road in Millville area, near Route 26 (Source: WBOC) Billboards line road in Millville area, near Route 26 (Source: WBOC)

GEORGETOWN, Del. - When driving though the coastal area of Sussex County, it doesn't take long to see that billboards are pretty widely used on major roadways like Route One and Route 26. Now the county council is one step closer to a possible ordinance, regulating these off premise signs, as a moratorium on new applications nears an end. 

After months of discussion, a working group made of both the public and government officials have made their recommendations to the council. The group is urging the county council to take action in further regulating these signs. 

The recommendation was discussed at a workshop on Feb. 9, before the county council asked for input from both the Board of Adjustments and The Planning and Zoning Commission. After these two groups offer their input, the council will likely vote on an ordinance. 

In a past interview with WBOC, Councilman George Cole explained why the council was taking this action. 

"There's clusters of them," he said. "It's unsightly. The electronic ones can be distracting. And we're putting billboards that typically would be on a four-lane highway... and we're putting them on two-lane roads." 

Planning and Zoning is expected to discuss this topic at its meeting on Feb. 25. The Board of Adjustment is expected to discuss the issue on Feb. 29. The moratorium on new billboard applications is set to expire on Mar. 15, but Cole said that this will likely be extended if an ordinance is not passed. 

Some groups, including major shopping centers, have voiced opposition to "too much" regulation. 

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