NC removes 'No Rezoning' signs near controversial proposed Publix in Raleigh

07/29/2014 5:53 PM

07/29/2014 5:55 PM

State transportation officials have removed a series of "No Rezoning" signs along Falls of Neuse Road, citing a law that bans signs resembling official road signs.

The signs have been a common sight in recent months around the corner of Falls of Neuse and Dunn Road, where a large group of neighbors opposes plans for a Publix grocery store.

When the neighborhood group asked why the signs were taken down, state officials pointed to a law that bans any "marker of the same shape, design, color and size of any official highway sign."

They attached a photo of the anti-rezoning signs - which feature the word "rezoning" in a red circle with a slash through it - along with images of the state's official turn prohibited signs. Those also have a red circle with a slash through it.

Publix opponents said they were told by the person taking the signs that the move was ordered by the governor's office. Ryan Tronovitch, a spokesman for Gov. Pat McCrory, said the office wasn't involved. "The governor's office became aware that they were taken down because we received a few calls about it," he said in an email.

No word on whether drivers had mistakenly thought the state was banning the Publix rezoning the same way it bans U-turns.

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