ACTION ALERT: Urge Legislators and Governor Cooper to Remove Budget Provisions on Billboards and Trees

August 25

The NC House approved its version of the state budget last week.  The House budget bill includes non-budgetary policy provisions that affect the ability of residents and elected officials in towns, cities, and counties to preserve community character. The final version of the budget is being worked out by the Senate, House, and Governor.  Please […]

Proposed NCDOT Rule Change for Billboards

February 27

The NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is proposing a rule change that would override local ordinances and allow billboards with a state permit to be converted to digital and raised to 50 feet in height, even if such changes are not allowed by the applicable city or county ordinance. NCDOT states that this rule change […]

“Majestic Fall Sunrise” by Tess Diffenderffer wins Scenic NC Photo Contest

November 18

Scenic North Carolina is pleased to name Tess Diffenderffer as the grand prize winner of the 2019 Scenic NC Photo Contest. Her winning entry, “Majestic Fall Sunrise” was taken in Bryson City, NC. The winning image shows a sunrise peaking through a thick covering of clouds just over a distant mountain range. Ms. Diffenderffer said […]

Scenic North Carolina Photo Contest

October 8

Scenic North Carolina is excited to launch our 2020 Photo Contest. Photos will be accepted from October 12- November 9th. Winners will be announced on Monday, November 16th on the Scenic North Carolina website and social media platforms. We will also share winning photos in our newsletter. The contest is open to both professional and amateur […]

“Billboard Bill” Would Forever Change NC’s Roadways; Close to Becoming Law

August 12

 “BILLBOARD BILL” PASSES HOUSE; FATE RESTS WITH GOVERNOR RALEIGH, North Carolina – August 12, 2019 – House Bill 645, “Revisions to Outdoor Advertising Laws,” was passed by the NC House with a vote of 60-54 to approve the Senate’s revisions.  It now goes to Governor Roy Cooper for consideration. H 645 makes outdoor advertising laws more lenient for […]

The Facts about HB 645, “The Billboard Bill”

July 17

Bill status: HB 645 passed the House on 5/7/2019; on June 26 it was amended in the Senate Transportation Committee. It is scheduled to be heard on the Senate floor the week of July 22. Changes have been made to the bill since it was introduced. However, the bill would significantly override the ability of […]

Don’t let lawmakers sell out NC’s scenic beauty

July 10

By Ryke Longest and Dale McKeel Billboard owners are eager to convert their old school signs to new digital billboards to generate more money by distracting us to read their messages.  You don’t have that kind of control over a digital billboard — it’s nearly impossible not to glance at a glowing, hi-resolution sign where […]

Billboards: The Case for Control

April 30

Written by Edward T. McMahon. Originally published in the Winter 2011 edition of the Planning Commissioners Journal. Read an excerpt from this article below. You can download the full article by using the link at the end of the excerpt. Come see America the beautiful, if you can. Amber waves of grain? It is more […]

Much More Important Than That

October 8

This Is An Excerpt From, a Blog Written By Scenic NC Board Member, Reyn Bowman Last spring, after reading one of my posts referencing urban trees as a form of green infrastructure, a friend of mine in high office tried gently to break the news to me. He emailed, “Local officials or residents generally […]

Puzzling Folly Is North Carolina’s Tragedy

June 18

This Is An Excerpt From, a Blog Written By Scenic NC Board Member, Reyn Bowman It isn’t clear why a powerful North Carolina senator from Onslow County, has been relentlessly working over the past five years on behalf of the billboard lobby, but it is extremely puzzling. Whatever the motive, this seemingly good and […]