‘No choice’: 10 billboards going up in Johns Creek

With billboard companies having won their legal challenge of local sign ordinances in Georgia Supreme Court, Johns Creek advises residents it has had no choice but to issue building permits for five of the big signs, with five more to come.

Four LED signs and one static billboard have gone up so far, city officials said. The LED signs are at the Tae Kwan Do Center, 11701 Fox Road; Hinton’s Wine, 8455 Holcomb Bridge Road; Terraces of Johns Creek, 6375 McGinnis Ferry Road; and Goose Island Emissions Center, 10875 State Bridge Road. The static board is at Rivermont Station, 8465 Holcomb Bridge Road.

One LED billboard is in permitting at 9730/9780 Medlock Bridge Road, and another, under construction on McGinnis Ferry Road. The three remaining billboards can go up at five possible locations on State Bridge, Medlock Bridge and McGinnis Ferry roads.

Billboard companies had sued Fulton County after it denied applications for 75 sign permits. Johns Creek joined the lawsuit after it became a city in 2006. The state Supreme Court subsequently struck down Fulton’s sign ordinance as unconstitutional.

Thirty-one billboards had been proposed at 27 locations in Johns Creek. Negotiations reduced that figure to 10.

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