Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Hold Public Hearing on Illegal Sign Removal Program


Jan. 30, 2013

News Highlights

  • Public hearing scheduled for Feb. 26, at 4 p.m., on proposed legal agreement between the Virginia Department of Transportation and county to remove illegal signs from roads.
  • Proposed sign removal program would operate between Tuesday and Friday.
  • To speak at the public hearing, fill out the sign-up form, or call 703-324-3151, TTY 711, before 10 a.m. on the day of the hearing.

At its Jan. 29 meeting, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors authorized a Feb. 26 public hearing on the proposed program to remove illegal signs from public rights-of-way.

If approved by the board, the program would operate between Tuesday and Friday, starting July 1. Illegal signs, including political signs and advertisements, would be removed by the Sheriff's Office Community Labor Force. Signs only would be removed from highways designated by the board, not neighborhood streets.

In order to implement the program, Fairfax County must enter into a legal agreement with the Virginia Commissioner of Highways. This agreement would allow Fairfax County to act as the commisioner's agent, as allowed by the Code of Virginia Section 33.1-375.1.

For more details about the agreement and program, read:

The agreement and staff report are also available at the office of the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors, 12000 Goverment Center Parkway, Suite 533, Fairfax. To sign up to speak at the Feb. 26 public hearing, complete the sign-up form, or call the clerk's office at 703-324-3151, TTY 711, before 10 a.m. on the day of the hearing.

Under state law, some kinds of signs are permitted in public rights of way. These include no tresspassing signs; Red Cross stations; signs at the intersections of two or more roads giving the distance or direction to a church, residence, or place of business; signs denoting only the name of a civic service club or church; and signs advertising or providing directions to a "special event."

For more information, contact Mike Congleton, Department of Code Compliance, at 703-324-1377, TTY 711.

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