The Senate gave final passage Wednesday to a bill that would allow owners to remove their property from scenic byways designations — and perhaps construct billboards there.
It voted 23-1 to pass SB232, and sent it to Gov. Gary Herbert for his possible signature.
The bill says if property owners demand an exclusion from a scenic highway designation, they "shall" be allowed to do so — but it provides 60 days for officials to contest and possibly block that by arguing the property indeed is scenic.
Its sponsor, Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, argued that many owners face onerous restrictions on property that may not be truly scenic, and they currently have to obtain permission for such things as new construction or remodeling.