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Posted on: September 26, 2018

CITY ADDRESSES CONCERNS OF BANNERS ON RIGHT OF WAY

The City of Douglas would like to issue an apology to several organizations in the community who were not aware of the roadside banner ordinance.  Due to numerous banners/signs, causing clutter at intersections and not being removed after events, the Georgia Department of Transportation became concerned with banners becoming a nuisance and causing distractions for drivers.  Earlier in 2018, after several attempts to allow non-profit organizations to place banners at the roadside were not agreed upon by the Georgia Department of Transportation, the City had no choice but to uphold Georgia D.O.T.’s request to remove any roadside banners or signage when placed improperly on right-of-way (ROW) and city property. 

It is not the City’s intent to “target nor police” any organization’s banner.  When banners are removed, the City’s Code Enforcement office receives a complaint and then sends an employee out to remove the banners.  If a phone number is on the banner, attempts are made to contact the organization.  If no phone number is on the banner, then the banners are placed in storage until the organization retrieves the banners.

The City has plans to install digital signs at the gateway locations, hoping to allow the community an opportunity to share major events though this media.  As an option, organizations should seek opportunities to display banners on private properties in locations that does not create a line of sight issue. The City of Douglas supports our local events and organizations and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this enforcement of our banner ordinance has caused our local organizations.  For more information about signage within the City of Douglas, https://library.municode.com/ga/douglas/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIIUNLADECO_CH10SI_11SPPUSI.

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