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File #: 20-0570    Version: 0 Name: Zoning - Railroad Rights-of-Way - Billboards
Type: Ordinance Status: In Committee
File created: 7/27/2020 In control: Land Use Committee
On agenda: Final action:
Enactment #:
Title: Zoning - Railroad Rights-of-Way - Billboards FOR the purpose of authorizing, subject to limitations and requirements, the erection of new billboards within a railroad right-of-way or within a railroad facility that adjoins a railroad right-of-way; and correcting, conforming, and clarifying related language.
Sponsors: President Brandon M. Scott
Indexes: Billboards, Right-of-Way, Zoning
Attachments: 1. 20-0570~1st Reader
INTRODUCTORY*
CITY OF BALTIMORE COUNCIL BILL

Introduced by: President Scott


A BILL ENTITLED
AN ORDINANCE concerning
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Zoning - Railroad Rights-of-Way - Billboards
FOR the purpose of authorizing, subject to limitations and requirements, the erection of new billboards within a railroad right-of-way or within a railroad facility that adjoins a railroad right-of-way; and correcting, conforming, and clarifying related language.
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BY repealing and reordaining, with amendments Article 32 - Zoning
Section(s) 17-406 Baltimore City Code (Edition 2000)

SECTION 1. BE IT ORDAINED BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF BALTIMORE, That the
Laws of Baltimore City read as follows:

Baltimore City Code Article 32. Zoning
Title 17. Signs

§ 17-406. Billboards.
(a) General prohibitions.

(1) Except as otherwise specifically provided in this Code, the erection, conversion, placement, or construction of new billboards, static or digital, is prohibited.

(2) No billboard may have audio speakers or any audio component.
(b) Digital billboard defined.
In this section, “digital billboard” means any billboard that is also an electronic sign.




EXPLANATION: CAPITALS indicate matter added to existing law. [Brackets] indicate matter deleted from existing law.

* WARNING: THIS IS AN UNOFFICIAL, INTRODUCTORY COPY OF THE BILL.
THE OFFICIAL COPY CONSIDERED BY THE CITY COUNCIL IS THE FIRST READER COPY.



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(c) New billboards.
(1) IN GENERAL.
New billboards are only allowed:

(I) [in] WITHIN an Area of Special Signage Control, SUBJECT TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF PARAGRAPH (2) OF THIS SUBSECTION; OR

(II) WITHIN A RAILROAD RIGHT-OF-WAY OR WITHIN A RAILROAD FACILITY THAT ADJOINS A RAILROAD RIGHT-OF-WAY, SUBJECT TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF PARAGRAPH (3) OF THIS SUBSECTION.

(2) SPECIAL SIGNAGE CONTROL.
[In addition] EXCEPT FOR BILLBOARDS COMPLYING WITH PARAGRAPHS (1)(II) AND (3)
OF THIS SUBSECTION:
(i) new non-digital billboards:

(A) may only be located in a C-1, C-1-E, ...

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