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    plan4dsm
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    [IowaAPA] Electronic or LCD Outdoor Advertising Signs

    City of Des Moines has just experienced the installation of its first
    LCD billboard sign. At this time our ordinance does not have language
    to distinguish this from conventional billboards and are obligated to
    permit them where billboards can be allowed. I wondered if any other
    jurisdications in Iowa have studied the topic and implemented special
    regulations or design guidlines for review of electronic or LCD
    billboards.

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    Dennis A Kroeger
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    Re: [IowaAPA] Electronic or LCD Outdoor Advertising Signs

    The City of St. Paul MN has issued a moratorium on electronic
    billboards because the council seems to think that they are
    distracting to drivers. The city has ordered the one or two
    electronic billboards on I35 to be turned off until it has studied
    the issue more thoroughly.





    At 05:02 PM 1/29/2007, you wrote:
    >City of Des Moines has just experienced the installation of its first
    >LCD billboard sign. At this time our ordinance does not have language
    >to distinguish this from conventional billboards and are obligated to
    >permit them where billboards can be allowed. I wondered if any other
    >jurisdications in Iowa have studied the topic and implemented special
    >regulations or design guidlines for review of electronic or LCD
    >billboards.
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    >Yahoo! Groups Links
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    Dennis A. Kroeger
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    Iowa State University
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    Ames, IA 50010-8664 USA
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    Direct: 515-296-0910
    email: kroeger (AT) iastate (DOT) edu
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    Anna O'Shea
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    Re: [IowaAPA] Electronic or LCD Outdoor Advertising Signs

    The City of Dubuque has LCD billboard signs up inside the city limits. You can contact Laura Carstens, Planning Director at 563-589-4210 to see what their regulations are and how they have addressed this issue. The County does not allow "flashing, intermittent or moving lights" on off premise signs. We have not had any requests for this type of sign but it would not be allowed by ordinance in the County.

    Anna O'Shea
    Dubuque County Zoning Administrator
    13047 City View Dr
    Dubuque, IA 52002
    (563) 589-7827
    (563) 589-7868 FAX
    zoningadmin (AT) dbqco (DOT) org
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    City of Des Moines has just experienced the installation of its first
    LCD billboard sign. At this time our ordinance does not have language
    to distinguish this from conventional billboards and are obligated to
    permit them where billboards can be allowed. I wondered if any other
    jurisdications in Iowa have studied the topic and implemented special
    regulations or design guidlines for review of electronic or LCD
    billboards.

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    Peoria

    Peoria, IL just had an ordinance chagne to allow LED billboards.

    The ordinance, in short, requires:

    -10 seconds between messages
    -instantanous message change (no animation/transition/fade)
    -no animation/flashing/etc in the message
    -light intensity must be regulated based upon ambient light
    -conditions (keep it dimmer at night)

    The code is being tweaked right now and hasn't been published yet.
    Dude, I'm cheesing so hard right now.

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    Bob Miklo
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    RE: [IowaAPA] Electronic or LCD Outdoor Advertising Signs

    In Iowa City we updated our ordinance to allow changeable copy signs
    (signs at gas stations that advertise the price of gas - hotels and
    banquet halls that announce wedding parties etc.) to be done
    electronically rather than having to be done manually with a person
    climbing up to take down and replace the plastic lettering and
    numbering. Our sign ordinance does not allow moving, flashing or
    animated signs and we interpreted this to mean that a sign with a
    message that changed frequently is an animated sign. Our Planning and
    Zoning Commission thought it was a good idea to allow changeable copy
    signs to be done electronically (especially with the price of gas
    fluctuating frequently) but they were concerned with the interval of
    change - they did not want to allow changeable copy sings to become
    animated signs with scrolling or flashing messages. So we amended our
    ordinance to allow changeable copy signs to be done in an electronic
    format provided that that the message is changed no more than once an
    hour (except for time and temperature signs that our allowed to change
    every minute and with changes in temperature). We also control the
    zones in which such signs are permitted (the more intensive commercial
    zones) the size of the sign and prohibit them within 100 feet of a
    residential zone. The sign companies lobbied to allow larger signs and
    more frequent sign changes, but our Commission was concerned about such
    signs being a distraction for motorist. The Commission was also
    concerned about the aesthetics of such signs. There is some debate as
    to whether such signs are traffic hazards and this issue is being
    studied, but even if they are determined to not be a distraction to
    motorist, the question of aesthetics should not be overlooked. In our
    research we observed changeable copy signs in other cities and noticed
    that because to the brightness of the lettering, they often are more
    visible from a greater distance than other types of signs. In one city
    we observed a scrolling sign on a bank building that had red lettering
    and was visible form residential neighborhood over 600 feet away. In
    the end our Commission decided that the best way to control such signs
    was to continue to disallow animated signs but to allow small changeable
    copy signs in certain commercial settings. You can see our code at
    www.icgov.org.



    Robert Miklo, Senior Planner
    City of Iowa City
    410 E. Washington Street
    Iowa City, IA 52240
    319 356 5240

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    Peoria, IL just had an ordinance chagne to allow LED billboards.

    The ordinance, in short, requires:

    -10 seconds between messages
    -instantanous message change (no animation/transition/fade)
    -no animation/flashing/etc in the message
    -light intensity must be regulated based upon ambient light
    -conditions (keep it dimmer at night)

    The code is being tweaked right now and hasn't been published yet.

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