Kentucky Planners Against the Proliferation of LED Billboards

An op-ed from the Kentucky state chapter of the American Planning Association takes a strong stance against regulations that could allow the permitting of LED billboards along highways.

June 16, 2015, 12:00 PM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


"The American Planning Association Kentucky chapter vigorously opposes the rewriting of Kentucky Administrative Regulations to permit the establishment and expansion of electronic advertising devices," according to an op-ed by Tammy O. Markert, the legislative chair of the Kentucky American Planning Association, published in the The Courier-Journal.

The root cause of the controversy in Kentucky traces back to the "Highway Beautification Act," regulation by the Federal Highway Administration that allowed LED boards and prompted lawsuits from Scenic America, with support from organizations such as the American Planning Association, the Garden Clubs of America, the International Dark Sky Association, and the Sierra Club.

The op-ed goes on to spell out a point-by-point platform against efforts in Kentucky to "[grant] permits to prune and remove vegetation along the Kentucky's highways for the sole purpose of viewing off-right-of-way, off-premise billboards."

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