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  226.541.  Conforming out of standard signs treated as conforming, when — definitions — duties of owners — local zoning authorities may prohibit resetting of signs — inspections. — 1.  As used in this section, the following words or phrases mean:

  (1)  "Conforming out of standard signs", signs that fail to meet the current statutory and administrative rule requirements for outdoor advertising but currently comply with the terms of the federal/state agreement and meet the August 27, 1999, statutory and administrative rule requirements that governed outdoor advertising and the Highway Beautification Act of 1965;

  (2)  "Federal/state agreement", an agreement executed between the United States Department of Transportation and the state highways and transportation commission on February 22, 1972, for carrying out national policy relative to control of outdoor advertising in areas adjacent to the national system of interstate and defense highways and the federal-aid primary system;

  (3)  "Qualifying signs", signs which meet the requirements for outdoor advertising in effect on August 27, 1999, and the requirements of the federal/state agreement;

  (4)  "Reset", movement of a sign structure from one location to another location on the same or adjoining property, if the adjoining property is zoned commercial or industrial or in an unzoned commercial or industrial area and the owner of the sign has obtained the legal right to erect a sign on the adjoining property from its owner, as authorized by a sign permit amendment and the terms of an executed written partial waiver and reset agreement between the permit owner and the state highways and transportation commission;

  (5)  "Substantially rebuilt", any reconstruction or repair of a sign that requires the replacement of more than fifty percent of the sign structure's support poles in a twelve-month period.

  2.  Subject to the provisions of this section, and if allowed by applicable local regulations, conforming out of standard signs shall be treated as conforming signs under commission administrative rules, including new display technologies, lighting, cutouts, and extensions, except that such signs shall not be substantially rebuilt except in accordance with the provisions of this section.  If allowed by applicable local regulations, new technologies, lighting, cutouts, and extensions may be utilized on conforming and conforming out of standard signs in accordance with Missouri department of transportation regulations.

  3.  If allowed by applicable local regulations, a conforming out of standard sign may be upgraded:

  (1)  Up to twenty percent of the sign face, not to exceed one hundred sixty square feet of area, with digital technology for displaying text or numbers in accordance with current law and rules; or

  (2)  More than twenty percent only if it maintains a distance of at least one thousand four hundred feet from any other such digital technology display sign.

  4.  Notwithstanding any provision of the law to the contrary, a conforming out of standard sign may be unstacked by closing the gap between the signs or by replacing the faces with one display area.  The resulting sign face square footage shall not exceed the square footage of the original stacked structure.  A conforming out of standard sign structure height may be lowered.

  5.  On the date the commission approves funding for any phase or portion of construction or reconstruction of any street or highway, the rules in effect for outdoor advertising on August 27, 1999, shall be reinstated for that section of highway scheduled for construction and there shall immediately be a moratorium imposed on the issuance of state sign permits for new sign structures.

  6.  Owners of existing signs which meet the requirements for outdoor advertising in effect on August 27, 1999, and the requirements of the federal/state agreement and who voluntarily execute a partial waiver and reset agreement may reset such signs on the same or adjoining property.  Such reset agreements shall be contingent upon obtaining any required local approval to reset the sign structure.  Any sign which has been reset must still comply with the August 27, 1999, outdoor advertising regulations after it has been reset.

  7.  Owners of existing signs who elect to reset qualifying signs shall receive compensation from the state highways and transportation commission or in accordance with a cost sharing agreement representing the actual cost to reset the existing sign.  Signs which have been reset under these provisions must be reconstructed of the same type materials and may not exceed the square footage of the original sign structure.

  8.  Sign owners may elect to reset existing qualifying signs by executing a partial waiver and reset agreement with the commission.  Such agreement shall specify the size, type, and location of the rebuilt sign and the reset expenses to be paid to the owner by the commission.  The commission may consider the impact of a potential reset upon scenic, natural, historic, or other features in the surrounding area in its determination of whether to enter into a reset agreement.

  9.  Immediately upon the completion of construction on any section of highway, the moratorium on new permits shall be lifted and the rules for outdoor advertising in effect on the date the construction is completed shall apply to such section of highway.

  10.  Local zoning authorities may prohibit the resetting of qualifying signs which fail to comply with local regulations.

  11.  The state highways and transportation commission, in accordance with section 226.500, shall review its current rules and regulations and solicit industry, stakeholder, and public comments regarding digital technology upgrades, including but not limited to, ad copy duration, distance from interchanges, brightness controls, including light sensors and timers, and distance from other billboards prior to implementing the sign reset agreement program or digital upgrade regulations described in this section.

  12.  All signs shall be subject to the biennial inspection fees under section 226.550.

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(L. 2012 H.B. 1402)


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