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Appellate court affirms ruling on legality of Pittsburgh billboard ordinance

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Pittsburgh City Council properly created an ordinance regulating electronic billboards, a state appellate court ruled on Tuesday.

Lamar Advertising, the nation's largest outdoor advertiser, sued in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court last year contending that revisions to the city ordinance should have been referred to the Planning Commission before council could adopt the changes. In addition to where billboards are located, the ordinance regulates their brightness and how often their screens can change.

Common Pleas Judge Dan Pellegrini ruled that the city properly enacted the ordinance, and Lamar appealed to Commonwealth Court. Downtown attorney Johnathan Kamin, who represented Lamar, said the company would consider appealing.

“We're disappointed with the decision of the court, particularly in light of the fact that we don't believe the city followed its own rules and regulations, and we'll review our options on how to proceed,” he said.

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