Digital Billboards in Arcadia

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Article Courtesy of Crystal DeVelis, Arcadia Osborn Neighborhood Association

If ever there was a time for action, it is now.  There are proposals before the City's zoning boards that can have a long-lasting impact on your quality of life.  Digital billboards have been creeping into our neighborhoods, but now there is a pivotal case coming up that may impact how large these can be and where they can be placed.  If we lose this one, our landscape will be forever changed.
 
On city streets, these digital billboards emit intense, bright LED multi-colored images whose nighttime glare invades our nearby residential neighborhoods – images that are allowed to change every 8 seconds.  The signs also are a distinct blight on our day-time and sunset mountain views of Camelback and Piestewa Peak.  And drivers watching an image for 8 seconds or for a few seconds while waiting for the next display can cause a car/pedestrian or bike accident, or even just a traffic-snarling fender-bender.  These billboards were intended to be along highways and in agricultural areas, and only rarely – if at all -- on our city streets that border residential neighborhoods.
 
What can you do?
 

4234 E. Indian School Road, ZA-486-17-6 (Sign).  The illustration above demonstrates what we're up against (this is not the image now on the sign, but it could be – as could ads for alcohol, gas stations and more).  This is a massive billboard that has been non-conforming with the Zoning Code for years, but it was less bright and less visible. It was re-built 2 months ago by Becker Boards which received city approval to increase its height and to vary from general setback standards because neighbors withdrew their opposition when Becker Boards testified that rumors of a digital billboard were false. But just 3 weeks after the initial approval of a higher billboard to be built in a setback area, they filed to convert this to a digital sign.  Their request was denied on December 6, but they are appealing that denial.  AONA and ACMNA are in opposition to the appeal.  We need emails sent ASAP (this week if possible) to the following addresses;  zoning@phoenix.govcraig.mavis@phoenix.goved.zuercher@phoenix.gov, and mary.L.brown@phoenix.gov stating opposition to this billboard.  Please put the zoning number ZA-486-17-6 in the subject line.  In addition, we need as many people as possible to show up for the hearing on March 1 at noon in the Phoenix City Council Chambers, 200 West Jefferson.  This is a watershed case, and if allowed to go forward will set a precedent for more and more large digital billboards on our city streets.
 
Please don't let these digital signs take over our lovely neighborhoods.  If we don't speak up now, the precedent will be set and they will proliferate like rabbits.  They are cheap to run, bring in revenue to the city, and sneak in claiming "public good" by offering a vehicle for announcements such as Amber and Silver alerts.  Do you want one next door to where you now live?  Would someone buy your home if it’s next to one?  Do you want to look at changing digital color images from your yard or home every night?  Speak up now please.

Structured Sober Living Homes

Proposed Licensing Program, Draft Ordinance and Stakeholder Meeting

At the direction of the Phoenix City Council, the city staff has developed a proposed licensing program and draft ordinance to regulate structured sober living homes. There are currently no regulations governing structured sober living homes in the city.

City Notice

Draft Ordinance

Public Input: Licensing staff will collect public input related to the proposed licensing program and draft ordinance during the month of February 2018. Staff will then make final adjustments to the program and ordinance as needed, prior to presenting staff’s final proposal to the City Council on March 21, 2018.

  • Phone or Email: If you have comments, questions or any input related to the proposed licensing program and/or draft ordinance please submit them to the contact listed below.
  • Public Meeting: A public meeting will be held to discuss the proposed program and draft ordinance.
    •  Date: February 22, 2018.
    • Time: 4:00 p.m.
    • Location: Phoenix City Hall: 200 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003.
    • 1st Floor – Atrium in Assembly Rooms A & B
    • Public Parking: Available in the City Hall Parking Garage at 305 W. Washington St.(southwest corner of Washington St. and 3rd Ave.).

Contact: If you have any questions about this notice or anything related to the proposed licensing program and draft ordinance, please contact City Clerk License Services Supervisor Denise Archibald at denise.archibald@phoenix.gov or by calling 602-262-7003.

 

ACMNA Board of Directors Vacancies

Notice: The Arcadia Camelback Mountain Neighborhood Association has three vacancies on the ACMNA Board that we are looking to fill. If you are interested or know of someone who is interested, please email info@acmna.org. by February 28th.  Please include a bio on yourself as well as why you are interested in serving on the board. These board positions are two or three year positions.  All applicants must reside within the Arcadia Camelback Mountain Neighborhood Association boundary. See About Us for more information

Our nominating committee consists of Karen Magnoni, Tristahn Schaub, Hillary Gurley, Brian Flader and Jody Moman. They will be reviewing the applicants and will then present the interested nominations to the community during our annual meeting on March 10  2018

48th Street Closure

Beginning September 1, 2017, 48th Street will be closed to all traffic on the north side of Thomas Road.    Click Here for Details

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the project hotline at (480) 281-1506

This closure is for the water transmission pipe rebuild that is in progress along Thomas Road from 44th Street east to 64th Street. The expected completion for the entire project is summer of 2018. 

More Information about the Water Transmission Line Rebuild Project