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Posted on: October 29, 2019

Public Meeting on Lighting Ordinance Nov 12

Lighting trespass diagram

The Planning Commission is hosting a public meeting to get input on what residents want to see in a revised lighting code.  We will be taking input on the following questions at a public meeting on

November 12, 2019 - 5:00 pm

You can also email your concerns to Planning Commission Chair Helen Anderson at

Questions at Public Meeting

1. Should the City regulate trespass lighting?

          Trespass light is defined as light that is distributed onto areas where illumination is unwanted, including outdoor lights that illuminate areas inside the home of proximal properties.

2. Should the City regulate glare from light sources that project into roadways, sidewalks, or homes?

          Glare is defined as light that causes a visual impairment sensation due to brightness and can interfere with one's ability to see. Glare can be caused by misdirected light or high intensity light.

3. Should the City regulate lighting that causes sky glow?

           Sky glow is defined as light shining skywards and reflecting out into the night sky and surrounding areas.

4. Should the City create different lighting zones where different lighting regulations would apply?

5. Should the City establish light curfew regulations?

6. Should the City regulate motion-activated lights? e.g., stipulating motion beyond the property line does not trigger the light and/or requiring shielding on lights instead of motion sensor.

7. Should the City establish standards for energy conservation or simply encourage energy conservation through choice of lighting?

8. Should the City establish standards for the different types of lighting? e.g., LED, CFL, incandescent, halogen, sodium-vapor, fluorescent

9. Should the City set requirements for light shielding to help control trespass, glare, and sky glow?

10. Should the City regulate lights directed into the marine zone known as the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge?

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