AN ACT TO REVISE THE OUTDOOR ADVERTISING LAWS.
Senate amendment to the 5th edition makes the following changes.
Makes further technical changes to GS 136-128.
Modifies proposed GS 136-131.3 to refer to lawfully erected outdoor advertising signs (was, legally erected). Amends the criteria for the relocation site of any legally erected outdoor advertising sign due to the property the sign is lawfully existing upon being acquired and the acquiring party requiring its removal. Adds that the sign cannot be relocated adjacent to any highway as provided in GS 136-129.2, except within the same sign location or site (previously, was included as a specification for permitted relocation sites in areas zoned commercial or industrial within the same zoning jurisdiction only). No longer explicitly requires the outdoor advertising sign at the relocated site to conform with customary use in areas zoned commercial or industrial under authority of state law, or if the relocated site is unzoned, in unzoned commercial or industrial areas. Eliminates the prohibition against reconstructed signs increasing the advertising surface area of the outdoor advertising sign that is required to be removed and permitted to be reconstructed. Specifies when the Department of Transportation must issue a new outdoor advertising permit to the owner of a relocated outdoor advertising permit, limited to relocated signs pursuant to subsection (a); provides for addendums to existing permits in other instances of relocation under the statute. Now specifies that, in the event of a taking of an outdoor advertising location, the fact that the outdoor advertising is not relocated cannot prejudice the determination of compensation owed to the owner of the outdoor advertising as provided by state law (previously, permitted the fact finder to consider the actual relocation of the outdoor advertising in determining just compensation as provided by law). Makes additional organizational, technical and clarifying changes. Makes further organizational changes to move the provisions of previous subsection (f) of proposed GS 136-131.3, concerning view corridors, to new GS 136-131.4. Makes clarifying, conforming and organizational changes to the provisions. Changes the applicability of proposed GS 136-131.3, now making the provisions apply to outdoor advertising signs removed on or after July 1, 2019 (was, removed on or after the date the act becomes law).