Downtown Durham Inc. is taking no position on the digital billboard issue.
"Members of the Board could come to no consensus on whether or not digital billboards brought value or harm to a community," DDI President Bill Kalkhof wrote Thursday to Fairway Outdoor Advertising, which wants the city to change its billboard rules to allow, among other things, electronic roadside ads that can rapidly change messages.
Old West Durham neighborhood spokesman John Schelp, one of the leading voices opposed to the "blinking billboards," called DDI's decision "a victory for the community."
Durham's Unified Development Ordinance prohibits billboards, but those in place prior to the ban remain under a grandfather clause.
Fairway also wants the law amended to allow those billboards to be repaired, landscaped and relocated within the county. However, the company has not submitted a formal amendment application