In the upcoming hearing of the Metropolitan & Economic Development committee (MEDC) of the City-County Council , the eight member MEDC committee will vote on whether to send Proposal 250 on to the full Council or to kill it. We ask that the full Council encourage the MEDC to "Drop the Prop" by killing it at the upcoming hearing.
Prop 250, written by the billboard industry, would ask the Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD) to review the current ban on digital billboards, with an eye toward lifting that ban and replacing it with an ordinance that would maximize the profits of billboard companies in Indianapolis. If enacted, Prop 250 would allow 75 digital billboards in thefirst three years with more conversions of static to digital displays after that.
Even if you like digital billboards, Prop 250 is a bad deal for our City; with low swapout ratios of static to digital faces, only 500 feet between digital displays and homes, and no safeguards to minimize driver distraction. The limitations regarding which companies would be allowed to erect digital faces would invite lawsuits by excluded companies, as happened in Los Angeles - putting taxpayers at risk for hundreds of millions of dollars.
For a more extensive critique of Prop 250, please see "Prop 250 - A Bad Deal for Indy," compiled by the Steering Committee of a growing coalition of Neighborhood and other Organizations opposed to Prop 250. As of this writing, there are 39 member organizations of the coalition, representing neighborhoods of all kinds throughout the City.
DMD has a complete review of the entire sign ordinance "on deck," once their work on Indy ReZone is completed. DMD is the appropriate place to initiate any changes to the billboard regulations - not the City-County Council. Neighborhoods have confidence that DMD would employ a transparent, vigorous public process so that would result in an ordinance that best suits our community and which will capably serve Indianapolis for generations to come. Prop 250 would poison the well by forcing DMD to use the billboard industry-written ordinance as its starting point.
Please sign our petition asking the City-County Council to "Drop the Prop."