The City of Houston Legal Department has successfully forced down seven billboards that have existed illegally for many years in the Houston Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). Soon there will “only” be 96 more illegal billboards for the City to remove!
Scenic America has released a new study shows that billboards negatively affect the values of neighboring properties. The study also found that cities with strict billboard controls are experiencing greater economic prosperity than those with controls that are less strict.
Clear Channel Outdoor is making the rounds in cities and counties around Houston trying to sell local politicians on installing electronic billboards to serve as “emergency notification” signs. This pitch was rejected by the Texas Legislature in its last session.
Scenic Houston’s Streetscape Project will inventory of all public regulations impacting the visual aspects of Houston streetscapes, assess and endorse best practices, and ultimately demonstrate how development in Houston can improve when Scenic Houston’s recommendations are adopted.
Sixteen Texas municipalities were recently awarded Scenic City Certification by the Scenic City Certification Program of Scenic Texas. Of the 1200 cities and towns in Texas only sixteen earned Scenic City designation in 2011.