One of the stupidest, most Stalinist by-law proposals ever has bit the dust.
Aucklanders who enjoy staring at Dan Carter in his underwear can breathe easier after a panel of commissioners rejected a council plan to ban billboards.
The panel will recommend the council allow all legally established billboards to remain but apply tougher conditions on new billboards.
Recommendations include tougher guidelines on location, height, size and lighting of billboards and tougher enforcement which could see non-compliant billboards removed or covered within 24 hours.
This waste of time and money was bought to you by the control freaks on the left wing of the Auckland City Council.