Clallam: County leaders bow out of sign suit, effectively exempting
older billboards from sign ordinance
It started with a billboard overlooking U.S. Highway 101 in Carlsborg.
It ended with a weakened Clallam County sign ordinance.
County commissioners on Tuesday unanimously decided to seek dismissal of a lawsuit that nationwide billboard company Viacom Outdoor Inc. filed last year against the county.
The lawsuit resulted in Western U.S. District Court Judge Ronald B. Leighton's May 23 ruling: If the county's sign code requires removal of a sign that existed before the sign code was adopted, then the Scenic Vistas Act requires the county to compensate the owner.
The act requires payment where a local ordinance requires an existing, nonconforming sign be reduced in size.
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