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February 2016

Temporary Sign Regulations in a Post-Reed America

The U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 ruling in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona, established a new standard for content neutrality in the regulation of temporary signs. Under the new strict scrutiny test, any temporary sign regulations that reference sign content are potentially vulnerable to legal challenge. This article summarizes the ruling in Reed and introduces how it impacts local temporary sign regulations before discussing best practices for regulating temporary signs in a post-Reed America.

Author Wendy E. Moeller, AICP, is a principal and owner of Compass Point Planning, a planning and development firm based in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the primary author of Best Practices in Regulating Temporary Signs. She was recently elected to serve as the APA Region IV Director and currently serves as a board member of the Signage Foundation, Inc.

Author Alan Weinstein has a joint appointment at Cleveland State University as professor of law at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and professor of urban studies at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. He is past chair of the Planning and Law Division of APA and has published and practiced extensively in the area of sign regulation.

January 2016

Digital Graphics in Staff Reports

In the early 1970s, the preparation of staff reports on land-use matters was a complicated and lengthy logistical affair. Things have, of course, changed over the past 45-plus years. The computer, word processing programs, portable document formats that can be posted for viewing on websites, and digital graphics have all affected planning practice, but to what degree? This article discusses the use of digital graphics in staff reports based on a survey of and interviews with local planners and concludes with some observations about and recommendations for using digital graphics in contemporary planning practice.

Author Nicola Mammes is a graduate student and teaching assistant in the Urban Planning and Policy Development (UPPD) program in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Author Stuart Meck, FAICP, is an associate research professor in the UPPD program, where he teaches history and theory of planning, land-use law, and planning and land use administration, and consults. He is a licensed professional planner in New Jersey.

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