Adams Outdoor Advertising v City of Holland
463 Mich 675 (2001)
Issue: Authority to regulate billboards
The first section of Holland’s ordinance provides that “billboards and advertising signs are not permitted.” The second states that “nonconforming signs, billboards or advertising signs may not be expanded, enlarged, or extended; however, said signs may be maintained and repaired so as to continue the useful life of the signs.” The circuit court found that the provisions violated both the HRCA and the CVZA. Section 4i(f) of the HRCA indicates that a city may provide in its charter for the “licensing, regulating, restricting, and limiting the number and locations of billboards within the city.” Section 4i(c) authorizes a city to provide zoning powers in its charter. Section 12 of the CVZA prohibits exclusionary zoning. The Michigan Court of Appeals reversed the decision of the circuit court and found in favor of Holland.
|Why did the LDF get involved?
At issue was the extent to which a city may exclude new billboards within its jurisdiction.What action did the LDF take?
Filed an amicus brief with the Michigan Supreme Court
What was the outcome?
Who prepared the amicus brief?