Two weeks ago, a federal district court granted the motion to dismiss of Joe Daus, the zoning administrator for Howell Township, Michigan, in a case challenging the township’s billboard regulations.
Crossroads Outdoor is a billboard company that sought to install a sign on property owned by the local American Legion post in Howell Township. The township, through Daus, denied the variance on the grounds that it was not permissible to place the sign in the parking lot of the American Legion. After some back and forth on the application, the township eventually passed a moratorium on new signs in 2018 pending the adoption of a new sign ordinance. Crossroads’s sign application has not yet been approved.