Billboards and Digital Signs: Crafting and Enforcing Local Regulations After Austin v. Reagan
Siting Issues, Environmental Concerns, and Revenue Sharing Opportunities
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE webinar will discuss the constitutional basis and limits of local regulation of signs and billboards--digital or otherwise--as well as signage zoning laws related to everything from noise to strip clubs. The panelist will also discuss the effect of City of Austin v. Reagan National Advertising, decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on Apr. 21, 2022.
- Regulatory framework for regulating signs and billboards
- Contemporary signage technology and legal considerations
- Discussion of relevant case law
- Policymaking considerations for regulating digital signs and electronic billboards
- On private property
- On public property
- Revenue sharing opportunities
- Environmental concerns
- Best practices for regulating dynamic signs and billboards
- Complete ban
- Limits on text size, brightness, motion
- Duration rules: limiting the time of display
- Placement of signs
- Different regulations depending on the zoning district
- Applications of Reed to other types of law
The panelist will review these and other high priority issues:
- What types of speech face strict and intermediate scrutiny?
- How did Austin v. Reagan change the if you have "to read it to regulate it" rule?
- When is signage content neutral?
- Does the off-site/onsite distinction matter?
- What are the alleged safety and environmental risks of digital signs and billboards?
Andrew T. Fede
Mr. Fede has more than 30 years of legal experience practicing in Hackensack, New Jersey. His practice areas including... | Read More
Mr. Fede has more than 30 years of legal experience practicing in Hackensack, New Jersey. His practice areas including appellate litigation, commercial and governmental civil litigation, municipal law, zoning and planning, real estate tax appeal, labor and employment, employment and other forms of discrimination, wrongful termination, probate law, real estate law, and constitutional law. Mr. Fede has served as the attorney for the Boroughs of Bogota, Maywood, and Norwood, and for the Township of Mahwah. He has been the planning board attorney, zoning board attorney, library board attorney, and special counsel in six other New Jersey municipalities. Mr. Fede is a certified mediator in the New Jersey Superior Court mediation program for civil, general equity, and probate cases, is an arbitrator in the Bergen County Superior Court contract/commercial arbitration program, and has been appointed by several Superior Court judges to serve in cases as mediator, arbitrator, special master, and condemnation commissioner.Close