From The Impact of Digital Billboard Advertising on Traffic Safety, April 2013
University of Alabama at Birmingham
MOUNTING SAFETY CONCERNS
Macedonia African Methodist Church Cemetery is the resting place for freed slave April Waters and others.
It was little-known until the late 1990s when a group of area residents worked with Fulton County to secure historic designation. The site was in disrepair and overgrown, but a 2-acre parcel was designated historic by county commissioners.
Before Johns Creek incorporated, billboard companies filled applications with GDOT for 31 billboards in the part of Fulton County that is now the city.
After incorporation, Johns Creek sought to deny the billboards based on a Fulton County sign ordinance that existed prior to incorporation.
Billboard companies filed a lawsuit and the case went to the Georgia Supreme Court where it was held that the sign ordinance violated commercial free speech and billboards were allowed within context of existing laws.
City officials entered settlement negotiations with the company and agreed to 10 billboards.
The agreement should not supersede pre-existing zoning law or restrictions.
Six billboards have been erected and others are in process. Read more.