Natchez planning commission delays action on billboards

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) – The Natchez Planning Commission has voted to again postpone action on proposed changes to the city’s billboard ordinance.

City Planner Riccardo Giani said Thursday the draft text amendment to the city’s billboard regulations has been completed, but is awaiting review from legal counsel.

The Natchez Democrat reports the proposed changes to the billboard regulations include doubling the required distance between signs, reducing the maximum allowable size of a billboard, adding language that specifically outlaws double-decker boards and enforcing site-specific placement regulations.

The text amendment came at the request of the board of aldermen, which placed a moratorium on all new billboard applications in April and asked Giani to prepare a recommendation based on what similar cities in the state have done to regulate large outdoor signs.