News from SCRUB: Digital Signage- I-95 Expansion- Zoning Code- Updates

SCRUB Friends,

Councilman DiCicco introduced two new bills that could accelerate billboard proliferation in Philadelphia, and increase the numbers of intensely bright and dangerously distracting digital billboards.  Rules Committee Hearings have not been scheduled.
Click here to contact Rules Committee members
·         Bill 100552– Philadelphia sign controls prohibit billboards in Old City, near the Ben Franklin Bridge, and near residences and churches.  Councilman DiCicco proposed legislation to allow a developer to bypass these protective laws by essentially converting a wall that faces the Ben Franklin Bridge into a 1200 sq. ft TV screen.  Old City Civic Association and local residents are strongly opposed.
·         Bill 100553– Grants special consideration to billboard owners whose structures were or in the process of being removed by PennDOT as part of the expansion of I-95.  The bill, written by Steen Outdoor Advertising, would allow non-conforming billboards to be rebuilt in areas where billboards are strictly prohibited as a matter of right.  These areas would include residencies, parks, schools, and regions near existing billboards.  Residents living in the affected neighborhoods(I-676 to Cottman Avenue) are strongly opposed.
Click here to read Plan Philly article regarding the above bills.
·         Zoning Code Commission Open House(November 9, 2010 from 10:00 -12:00 PM, Independence Visitor Center, 6th & Market) – The Zoning Code Commission is wrapping up its process for collecting public comment on the proposed new zoning code. Now is the time for you to review the zoning recommendations which will impact your neighborhood.
·         Following the Open House – SCRUB invites you to give your comments on sign controls.  Join us as we review the latest draft, review current recommendations, and gather your input.  Join SCRUB for pizza and a discussion to finalize the public’s comments to the ZCC’s sign regulations!  November 9, 2010 at 12:30 PM, PACDC at 1315 Walnut Street, 16th floor, Suite 1600
Please RSVP to our office at 215-731-1775 or send an email to  If you cannot attend but would like to weigh in on signage, please email your comments.

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