When: Thursday, February 25th, 10am Virtual City Council Hearing via Zoom
Who: City Councilor Ed Flynn, City Councilor Kenzie Bok, Boston Planning and Development Agency, community organizations.
What: There has been an increase of electronic billboards in the city over the years, which can negatively impact quality of life and safety in our neighborhoods. The hearing order aims to discuss how the city can strengthen existing restrictions on the usage of electronic billboards. There are numerous studies about the negative impact of electronic billboards on traffic safety and property values. The City’s zoning code should already prohibit electronic billboards in our central neighborhoods, and precise guidelines were added in 2007 to limit electronic billboards to only three zones: Lansdowne Street, the Theater District, and the South Boston Waterfront. However, this does not stop electronic billboards being proposed outside of these zones, and there should be strict measures in place that regulate the usage of these electronic billboards. This hearing will be chaired by Councilor Flynn in the Committee on City and Neighborhood Services.