Sussex County "Billboard Ban" Over - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Sussex County "Billboard Ban" Over

Posted: Updated:
Signs on Route 1 Signs on Route 1

SUSSEX COUNTY, Del. - Fourteen months after Sussex County halted new billboard applications, the Sussex County Council adopted a new ordinance, which lifted the moratorium and created some new rules. 

According to Sussex County Councilmember Rob Arlett, the changes occurred at Tuesday's county council meeting. He says one of the biggest changes is the distance between billboards. Previously, they had to be 300 feet apart. Now, they'll be 600 feet apart. Electronic signs must now be 1200 feet apart.

Lynn Rogers owns Rogers Sign Company in Milton. He says although the moratorium has been lifted, there's now more work in order to apply for a billboard.

"You have to meet all the criteria and if there's one thing on that list you can't comply with, you can't get a billboard," he said. "Prior to this, you could go to the board of adjustments to allow them to adjust some things. Now you can't do that."

He says the new process is more expensive as well.

"It costs the clients more money," he said.  "Because it's added to our administrative process now to do the proper thing to get the proper permits to put their signs up." 

Rogers said although the changes mean some existing signs are now against code, he doubts any will be changed or ripped down. He says they may, however, be altered if the property they're on changes hands.

Arlett told WBOC that this was the first in a two step process. He said this ordinance was dealing strictly with billboards and electronic signs. He said the next step is addressing "bandit signs" and flag signs that you see at businesses such as produce stands. Rogers says he's glad the council is moving forward and the moratorium is over, despite major changes.

"The days of doing something and asking for forgiveness versus asking for permission, they're gone," he said.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • UPDATE: Snow Emergency Plans in Effect for Maryland Counties, Some Lifted

    Snow Emergency Plans in Effect for Worcester, Dorchester Counties

    Sunday, December 9 2018 5:17 PM EST2018-12-09 22:17:33 GMT
    Monday, December 10 2018 2:48 AM EST2018-12-10 07:48:45 GMT
    The Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack had lifted their snow emergency for Worcester County as of midnight. As of 1 am, the snow emergency plan was lifted in Wicomico County.More
    The Maryland State Police Berlin Barrack had lifted their snow emergency for Worcester County as of midnight. As of 1 am, the snow emergency plan was lifted in Wicomico County.More
  • California Man Arrested for 11.5 Pounds of Marijuana in Georgetown

    California Man Arrested for 11.5 Pounds of Marijuana in Georgetown

    Sunday, December 9 2018 10:23 PM EST2018-12-10 03:23:44 GMT
    Sunday, December 9 2018 10:23 PM EST2018-12-10 03:23:44 GMT
    GEORGETOWN, Del.- A California man is behind bars after allegedly being pulled over with 11.5 pounds of marijuana. The Georgetown Police Department says shortly after 6 a.m. on Saturday, police stopped a car on South Dupont Boulevard near Shortly Road forMore
    GEORGETOWN, Del.- A California man is behind bars after allegedly being pulled over with 11.5 pounds of marijuana. The Georgetown Police Department says shortly after 6 a.m. on Saturday, police stopped a car on South Dupont Boulevard near Shortly Road forMore
  • Mega Adoption Event Breaks Record in Delaware

    Mega Adoption Event Breaks Record in Delaware

    Sunday, December 9 2018 9:25 PM EST2018-12-10 02:25:50 GMT
    Sunday, December 9 2018 9:25 PM EST2018-12-10 02:25:50 GMT
    HARRINGTON, Del.- Over 1,000 animals found their forever homes after the Brandywine Valley SPCA's Mega Adoption event. The event took place at the Delaware State Fairgrounds, where adoption fees were lowered to $25. Many shelters and volunteers took part More
    HARRINGTON, Del.- Over 1,000 animals found their forever homes after the Brandywine Valley SPCA's Mega Adoption event. The event took place at the Delaware State Fairgrounds, where adoption fees were lowered to $25. Many shelters and volunteers took part More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices