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Conversation continues on electronic signs


The conversation continues on electronic signs and billboards at the next community meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. in the first floor conference room of the John P. Robin Civic Building, 200 Ross Street, Downtown.

Illuminated signs and billboards have been a part of city skylines for decades. But in recent years, new technology has created many new types of moving, flashing and color-changing electronic signs that were previously not possible. With new LED technology, these signs can often be seen for miles.

Pittsburgh residents and business owners are being asked for their input on how electronic signage should be used and how to take advantage of new lighting technologies while still protecting the city's famous scenic vistas, controlling light pollution and maintaining motorist safety. New legislation is being developed to bring the zoning code up-to-date with the new technology.

All are welcome to attend the community meeting with the Department of City Planning, along with legal expert Chris Duerksen of Clarion Associates and lighting expert Nancy Clanton of Clanton & Associates, Inc. They will explain the draft legislation for electronic signage and listen to opinions on how to proceed.

Participation is crucial in creating an informed plan for electronic signage. Come prepared to discuss thoughts on how new signage is changing the face of Pittsburgh.

To find relevant documents and for more information on this issue, visit the Department of City Planning's website (, under the "Electronic Advertising and Message Signage" heading.


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