LETTER: Why exemptions for illuminated billboards?

The provincial department of highway’s regulations require billboards to be placed 300 metres from our highways...

The provincial department of highway regulations require billboards to be placed 300 metres from our highways, except on land owned by First Nations.

We now have two large illuminated billboards in Abbotsford, one on Highway 1 just north of the entertainment and sports centre and the other just behind the visitors’ centre on Sumas Way.

Both of these now carry advertisements for a wide variety of goods and services both in the city and elsewhere.

Understandably, there is a need to advertise events at the AESC and other local attractions such as the airshow and Agrifair, however, many of the ads are for goods sold by retail outlets.

Would someone in authority please explain how and why these exemptions were permitted.

 

Don Stevenson

Abbotsford