Sign Rule Reevaluated After Church Lawsuit

Code violation against church dismissed

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    Fairfax County dismissed a code violation against a church that operated its digital road sign improperly, The Washington Post reported.

    The county issued the citation last month when the sign outside the Church of the Good Shepherd on Hunter Mill Rd. in Vienna, Va., revealed more than two messages per day -- a violation of county code.

    Battle Over Sign Outside Church in Fairfax County

    [DC] Battle Over Sign Outside Church in Fairfax County
    A battle is brewing over a sign outside Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Vienna, Va., and the problem isn't about the message. (Published Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012)

    Late yesterday, the county’s attorneys said the church can change the message at “reasonable intervals,” suggesting there could be more than two posts per day.

    The county also plans to reevaluate the rules involving message limits for all electronic signs across the county.

    The apparent change of heart comes one week after the church filed a federal lawsuit against the county.