The 2011 election cycle saw 99 candidates run for office in Fairfax County, and with them many thousands of campaign signs joined the bright yellow “Junk B Gone” and other advertising that litter our median strips and roadways.
It is time Fairfax County addresses these illegally-placed signs.
In December, I requested the Board of Supervisors make a point of fixing this blight on our county. After receiving unanimous approval from the Board, we set to work making necessary changes to the Fairfax specific loophole in state law. This loophole prevented Fairfax from enforcing sign laws.
Thanks to Del. Dave Albo, the loophole that has allowed the signs to proliferate in the county will be closed when his bill goes into effect on July 1. Under the newly approved state law, only signs advertising special events will be allowed — and only from Saturdays through Mondays.
With the change, Fairfax now can enter into an agreement with the state to enforce the laws on illegally placed signs. At the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, the Board approved my motion to have the county executive present the Board options for the removal of signs from the rights of way — including leveraging existing resources. The motion also directed the county attorney to begin drafting an agreement with the Commonwealth Transportation Board to allow Fairfax County to enforce the sign laws and collect the fines.
The Board will discuss these options at the next Transportation Committee meeting, and hopefully will set on a course to take action as soon as the new state law takes effect.
It is my hope Fairfax finally can join the rest of the localities in the state and end the blight of illegal road signs.
Pat Herrity (R-Springfield), Fairfax County Board of Supervisors