SB 0061 Establishes new requirements for billboards and tourism road signage
LR Number:S0267.12T Fiscal Note:0267-12
Committee:Agriculture, Conservation, Parks & Tourism
Last Action:07/01/99 - Signed by Governor Journal page:
Effective Date:August 28, 1999
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Current Bill Summary

CCS/HCS/SCS/SB 61 - This act requires the Highway and Transportation Commission to implement a plan for tourist oriented directional signage for publicly and privately owned natural attractions and wineries. A sign shall be erected to indicate the veterans memorial in Jefferson County. The cost of the signs would be the responsibility of the owner of the attraction.

This act also makes several changes to existing billboard law. The maximum size for billboards is reduced from 1,200 square feet to 800 square feet. Minimum spacing between signs outside the city limits is increased from 300 feet to 500 feet and the minimum spacing between signs within city limits in increased from 100 feet to 500 feet.

Stacked sign structures are prohibited after August 28, 1999. Billboards existing before this date shall not be deemed nonconforming provided that they comply with other statutory requirements as well as city and county regulations. Owners of permits to erect billboards have two years to erect the structure. A new permit will be required if this deadline is not met. The act also encourages the Highway Commission to investigate the use of new technologies in outdoor advertising.

The definition of primary system is modified to include federal-aid primary highways and those highways designated as part of the National Highway System.

This act names a portion of state highway 13 in Caldwell County the "Zach West Wheat Memorial Highway". The portion of highway 36 that runs through Linn County shall be designated as the "V.F.W. Memorial Highway".

Parts of this act are similar to SB 205.