Billboard Ordinance and Land Discussion

Updated: 2/05/2013 10:42 pm

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Space in air and on the ground was put to a vote this evening by Victoria City Council members. One plan will go into effect after Tuesday night’s vote but another will still linger for a couple more weeks until it receives the final stamp of approval from council members.

After a long debate over large signs posting-up throughout Victoria, Tuesday night council members approved changes to the billboard ordinance that will effect new signs before they plant themselves in Victoria ground, but the second ordinance wouldn't be approved without a fight. In January, city leaders moved forward with a plan with St. Joseph high school that would swap property at Deleon and Red River. On Tuesday city council voted on the terms of the deal that would give St. Joe a part of Deleon Street. School officials said they would close the street, giving them room to expand, and provide safety for students. Both ordinances passed with a 5-2 vote by council. The billboard ordinance received final approval from council members Tuesday night and will officially go into effect in ten days. As for the Deleon Street closure it will have to be approved one more time by council before the contract can be executed.
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