The Anaheim City Council on Tuesday delayed a decision on a proposal to lift the city's 20-year-old ban on freeway billboards.
At the end of nearly two hours of debate, all five council members agreed that the city's current ordinance regulating billboards needs changes, but they could not agree on specific provisions for a new sign ordinance.
A new sign ordinance is being proposed by Regency Outdoor Advertising Inc., a Los Angeles-based company that proposed a similar law two years ago. The council has twice in the last five years rejected proposals to loosen restrictions on freeway billboards, citing concerns about sign pollution.
One provision of the proposed ordinance would allow new billboard construction on freeways but would impose higher business license fees on ad companies.