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Executive Order #118

Governor James E. McGreevey
WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 59 (2003) established the Billboard Policy and Procedure Review Task Force (hereinafter Task Force); and

WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 59 (2003) imposed a 120-day moratorium on the approval of any permit application, contract, sale or lease for billboards on State-owned property or property of any State department, agency or independent authority; and

WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 66 (2003) continued that moratorium until the end of the 2002-2003 legislative session of the New Jersey Legislature, to allow time to convert the recommendations of the Task Force into proposed legislation and to achieve its enactment; and

WHEREAS, Executive Order No. 66 (2003) also directed the New Jersey Department of Transportation and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to jointly make recommendations on increasing the number of billboard-free roadways in scenic locations; and

WHEREAS, the moratorium on the approval of any permit application or contract for the design, construction or erection of any new billboards on State-owned property or property owned by any State department, agency or independent authority established by Executive Order No. 59 (2003) and continued by Executive Order No. 66 (2003) was continued until June 30, 2004 by Executive Order No. 92 (2004), to allow the 211th Legislature an opportunity to enact appropriate legislation and to allow the Departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection to complete their joint recommendations; and

WHEREAS, the Report of the New Jersey Departments of Transportation and Environmental Protection has been issued and contains recommendations that require regulatory action to designate specified areas as "scenic corridors" in an effort to reduce the impact of billboards on the aesthetic environment of our State within an appropriate timeframe; and

WHEREAS, there remains a compelling need to stop the siting and construction of new billboards in "scenic corridors" beyond June 30, 2004, while the regulatory process continues, as recommended by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JAMES E. McGREEVEY, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

  1. Effective immediately, for those roadway sections identified as "scenic corridors" in Table 1 of the June 21, 2004 report by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, there is a moratorium on the approval of any permit application or contract for the design, construction or erection of any new billboards until such time as the Department of Transportation adopts regulations to effectuate the recommendations issued in the report concerning these scenic corridors.
  2. This Order shall take effect immediately.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this
30th day of June
in the Year of Our Lord,
Two Thousand and Four, and
of the Independence of the
United States, the Two
Hundred and Twenty-Eighth.

/s/ James E. McGreevey
Governor

Attest:
/s/ Michael R. DeCotiis
Chief Counsel to the Governor

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