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Council examines billboard restrictions

Big, bold, and in your face, billboards are a part of life, but you don't have to like them.

"They really loom over residential areas and are not conducive to a good neighborhood environment," says Alan Catmur.

Catmur sits on the Central Gardens neighborhood board. That's one group concerned about a pending decision that might allow many more big signs to go up.

"And we would oppose that," says Catmur.

The Memphis City Council is looking at two options. The first would continue to allow new billboards to go up along interstates only, like I-40 and 240. The second option would allow them to also go up along all U.S. Highways.

In the city, those "highways" include portions of Union Ave., Poplar, Summer and Third to name a few.

"So that would bring new signs back into neighborhood areas," says Catmur.

"It is our job to be fair," says Memphis Councilman Rickey Peete.

Peete headed up the committee that came up with the two options. He supports tighter restrictions himself.

"And there are advocates that want the other option," says Peete.

But he believes putting both choices on the table is the right thing to do.

"We want to present both options so the council can analyze itself and determine the most feasible position to take," says Peete.

That could happen as soon as the first council meeting next month. This issue is up for discussion only during next week's meeting.

Here's some background on the city's current billboard amendment:

-It dates back to 1999

-It allows new billboards to go up along interstates only

-Existing billboards elsewhere can't be replaced

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