BZA can consider sign’s aesthetics, property value impact, and size in ruling on petitions for special exceptions

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View Outdoor Advertising, LLC (“View Outdoor”), appeals from the trial court’s affirmance of a decision of the Porter County Board of Zoning Appeals (“BZA”) denying it special exceptions for four billboards. On appeal, View Outdoor contends that the agency’s decision was based upon improper considerations and that several of the BZA’s findings were not supported by substantial evidence and explanations by the BZA.
Conclusion (slip op. at 16-17):  We conclude that aesthetics, the impact upon adjacent properties’ values, and the size of a proposed billboard are all appropriate considerations for the BZA when ruling upon petitions for special exceptions and that the BZA’s findings regarding these considerations are supported by sufficient evidence and explanations. We also conclude that the BZA’s consideration of the impact of one of the billboards upon public safety was based upon sufficient evidence. The BZA’s decision to deny View Outdoor’s four special exception applications was not arbitrary and capricious. We therefore affirm.

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