As expected, Action Outdoor Advertising submitted their 8th Billboard application AFTER the election.
It will take approximately 6 weeks for GDOT to issue their permit. Construction could happen early in January 2018.
The Giant 48 feet wide, double-sided LED sign will be close to the road, 10 feet from the Right of Way, even though in the original 2007 application, 40 feet was applied for.
The location is 10960 Medlock Bridge Rd, Johnson Automotive Group.
Below are screengrabs from Freedom of Information Act Requests
Here is the applicant and property owner:
On the bottom of the form for Approved uses for this zoning type: the billboard company handwrote:
“Permitted Pursuant to the terms of a legally binding settlement agreement between City of Johns Creek & Applicant”
Why? The property prohibited billboards when it was zoned.
Here is a screengrab from the zoning stipulations.
It is understood that the Fulton County Sign Ordinance was ruled unconstitutional. However, these restrictions were in the zoning for the property. Certainly, there were legal and customary definitions of what a billboard is that could have been defended in court. Where would the City find the legal definition for a service station or commercial amusement?
Courtesy of the settlement Mayor Bodker and Cori Davenport negotiated, this will be the 3rd billboard on land prohibiting such structures within the zoning.
Again, we need to ask, if the billboard companies had a legal right to erect billboards on land that prohibited billboards, why was a settlement necessary?
Finally, if the billboard companies had a legal right to erect 31 LED billboards, why did they settle for 10?
Sources: Google maps & City of Johns Creek