Another Billboard Threat: What Is Harrisburg Doing About This?

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 NO Bartkowski Billboards in Bryn Mawr

OK, now I am really pissed about this:

Morton is the latest to battle billboards
Published: Wednesday, April 29, 2009
By BARBARA ORMSBY
Times Correspondent

MORTON — Bartkowski Investment Group Inc., the company seeking zoning relief to permit billboards in Springfield, Marple and Haverford townships, has made an application to the zoning hearing board to construct a non-accessory outdoor advertising billboard sign on the Morton side of Baltimore Pike.

Borough Solicitor Jay Wills said the application is for a site in a small strip shopping center at 407 Baltimore Pike, near Kohl’s, owned by George Athanasiadis. Wills said the sign would be a free-standing monopole at a height of 50 feet.

“The proposed 50-foot height of the billboard would exceed the height of every building that presently exists in Morton Borough,” Wills said, adding that the proposed size of the sign face would be 816 square feet.

“Morton Borough has a population of less than 3,000 people in an area less than one-half of one square mile,” Wills said. “In speaking with borough council members, they are deeply concerned that the proposed construction of the billboard would adversely affect the health, safety and welfare of the community....Wills said it appears BIG Inc. is “aggressively soliciting” commercial property owners

What happens when I get really pissed off? I e-mail elected officials:

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And now, a slight rant from your friendly neighborhood community activist and general squeaky wheel. See:

Morton is the latest to battle billboards
Published: Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Look, I do not know what it takes to get Harrisburg moving to adopt curative language under exclusionary zoning to combat billboards, but I for one am pretty fed up.

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It is bad enough, and dangerous enough that the Municipal Planning Code is so severely antiquated that suburb and exurb communities across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are drowning in unwanted and unnecessary development, but this new scourge on our communities, named Bartkowski Investment Group Inc., is the most egregious and simply horrifying thing communities have faced since eminent domain for private gain was attempted in Ardmore!

Morton, Springfield, Bryn Mawr, Marple, Haverford Township. What community is next? I contacted Barbara McIlvaine Smith when I heard she was working on a curative amendment, but she has not gotten back to me, which is why she finds herself on this nagging e-mail.

I have the deepest respect and admiration for you guys, but come on, when is the Commonwealth of PA going to get moving on this and other issues threatening our communities?

We need your help, and quite frankly I expect it. Please connect with Haverford Township 5th Ward Commissioner Jeff Heilmann regarding the May 7th meeting on billboards in Bryn Mawr.

WE NEED YOUR HELP.

Some punk with a big wallet should not be able to just swan in and blight our communities with billboards. (Of course there is something very Freudian or something else psychogical about this guy's need for BIG billboards,huh?)

Also to be noted, there is some half baked (in my opinion) language for an ordinance in Radnor Twp. brewing to try to limit billboard activity there. Guess where they want to shove it? Little Chicago section of North Wayne on Pennsylvania Avenue - And we ALL know the other loophole in this mess is that restricting billboards to a certain area can be challenged as well. And the fact that this blight can try to exist under exclusionary zoning, which I thought was designed to preserve affordable housing initiatives in communities is simply inexcusable.
NO Billboards in North Wayne.

WE NEED YOUR HELP.

Please, make the time and effort for this, or I swear on my father's grave, if this guy gets his billboards, I will pop up ever election cycle I have to make billboards an election issue.

Thank you.

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And what are our local elected politicians doing to put pressure on our elected politicians in Harrisburg?

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Don't forget this week's meeting in Haverford Township!

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