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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Upcoming Webcast on USSCT Sign Case

The Planning and Law Division of the American Planning Association will be presenting a webcast called A Sign Regulation Apocalypse? Understanding the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision In Reed v. Town of Gilbert on July 21st.  You may recall that the Supreme Court recently struck down Gilbert, Arizona's temporary sign regulations as unconstitutional. This case could have  wide-ranging impact on municipal sign regulations, so this webcast should be of interest to government officials and employees.

Here are the details from the APA:

Webcast— A Sign Regulation Apocalypse?  Understanding the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision In Reed v. Town of Gilbert

July 21, 2015
1:00 – 2:30 PM Eastern (12:00 to 1:30 PM Central) 

On June 15, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Town of Gilbert, Arizona’s sign code.  In a rare unanimous decision, all of the justices of the Court agreed that the Town’s code violated the core First Amendment requirement of content neutrality, and the majority opinion provided new insight on what it means for a regulation to be “content neutral.”  The Court’s decision is expected to put thousands of sign codes at increased risk of legal challenges, which could mean increased legal costs for local governments, as well as potential negative impacts on communities’ aesthetic concerns.  This program will include presentations by some of the nation’s leading scholars and practitioners on First Amendment and land use issues.  Panelists will discuss the facts of the Reed case, the Court’s rationale for its decision, some of the important questions and unanswered issues stemming from the case, and some helpful practice pointers on sign code drafting and enforcement.


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