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Zoners OK Billboard

Horsham Township will have its first billboard installed following an affirmative vote from the zoning hearing board.

Horsham Township will have its first billboard installed following an affirmative vote from the zoning hearing board.
Horsham Township will have its first billboard installed following an affirmative vote from the zoning hearing board.
A one-sided 300-square-foot billboard is coming to Horsham Township.

The township's zoning hearing board granted unanimous approval Tuesday night for Premier Media to construct a single face LED sign at 1198 Easton Road.

The sign is permitted to be 25 feet high from the level of the road, the board ruled in its decision. In addition, the sign can have no more than one LED sign change every 30 seconds. 

The board also ruled that the applicant would be required to coordinate with the township to share emergency messages as needed. 

Premier Media had initially requested to install a billboard with two 300-square-foot sides. But, following resistance from township officials, had amended its zoning hearing board application for a one-sided 300-square-foot billboard.

Billboards are permitted in certain sections of three township roads under an ordinance adopted last year. The regulation is aimed at keeping the large displays out of the majority of the 17-square-mile township. 

The billboard approved for Easton Road will be the first billboard in Horsham Township.

Robert Applegarth December 10, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Very sorry to read about this unanimous approval for outright commercialization of the Township. As I said before, it would only be approved for the money. Right or wrong on my part, the billboard was approved. I did notice there was NO mention of the money coming to the Township or, for that matter, how much will the Township pay to use the "board" for their VERY important NOTICES. Another thought, what will happen when they learn some of the clean-up areas at the Willow Grove NAS are not suitable for foundation, stick-built homes? HMMMM...Mobile home site? They do not require a foundation for placement since they are by definition mobile. I am probably wrong again, but I"m 100% so far. Good luck folks, Merry Christmas to all, well, almost everybody, and to all a Happy New Tear, I mean Year!
BETH KLENK December 10, 2013 at 10:22 PM
It's the last thing Horsham needs! More spam forced on us! Ugh!
Mike Shortall Sr December 10, 2013 at 11:25 PM
It's not a pleasant development, but it's the only one anywhere in the Township. The problem for local communities is that they cannot totally prohibit billboards. If they do, they open themselves up to lawsuits forcing them to open areas to such advertising. If that lawsuit is successful, you could have billboards ANYWHERE. At least this way the Township has limited them to a few very small areas. I can live with this, and I live fairly close to it.
Mike Shortall Sr December 10, 2013 at 11:26 PM
@Robert Applegarth … Did they plan to put any homes in those EPA areas?!?
Robert Applegarth December 11, 2013 at 12:36 AM
To Beth; The message changes every 30 seconds, about the same time it takes to dial a number on a cell phone. Take your eyes off the road and you have an accident begging to happen. To Mike; Good to hear from you. It doesn't matter if there are homes or campus type of buildings there, how safe will that area be? I hope the Navy got rid of all the armament at the ammo bunker and didn't bury anything(that's at a different location on the base). As you should know, the Township is still awaiting plans for development for the ENTIRE site. I am just raising some things they might want to consider before any final approval is RUBBER STAMPED. I hope they let the Air Museum have some more space and funding. It would be another attraction to bring more tourist dollars into the Township. Just my short sighted thoughts.
Leigh December 11, 2013 at 08:54 AM
Good job Horsham - it starts with one. Very disappointing.
Mike Shortall Sr December 11, 2013 at 09:30 AM
@Robert … My understanding is that the USG has to remediate the contaminated sites to an "industrial level" of usage. So no homes could go in those places regardless. Not sure if any other business development is planned in those areas, or if they would be allowed there as remediated. I have written of my own vision for a nice chunk of that property that includes visual display-type hangers (glass side or sides like the front of the current museum) arranged around strolling paths and interspersed or nearby shops, bars, restaurants (think Peddlers Village) that I think would be a different approach to the usual commercial development (i.e. opposite of Warrington's "town center" concept on 611. (http://crankymanslawn.com/2011/06/09/the-greens-of-horsham/ … See the bullet points starting with "Lahaska in Horsham".)

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