April 28, 2009 Loudoun County Launches Volunteer Program to Remove Illegal Signs
Loudoun County has launched a volunteer sign collection program to remove illegally placed signs from within the Commonwealth of Virginia’s right-of-ways located in the county.
More than 40 volunteers attended a recent orientation and safety program and were briefed on the program guidelines. The volunteers will supplement the use of existing staff resources for the effort.
"In addition to our efforts with staff and volunteers, we’re also asking for cooperation from the private sector in curtailing the placement of illegal advertisements along the county roadways," said Keith Fairfax, Loudoun County Zoning Enforcement Program Manager.
The Code of Virginia prohibits advertising within the limit of any highway, which includes the roadway, shoulders, and median strips. Penalties for placing such illegal signs can include the removal of the advertisement, a $100 fine, and having to pay the costs of removal. Businesses that routinely place illegal signs in right-of-ways could be subject to injunctive actions through the court to prevent their continued placement of illegal signs.
The pilot program will run through June 30, 2009, at which time staff will report back to the Board of Supervisors on the effectiveness of the program efforts and will receive direction on continuing the effort.