Avon may pass lighting law
Outdoor lighting laws may be in the works for Avon. The Town Council Tuesday will consider proposed law aimed at eliminating excessively bright light fixtures that currently exist in Avon while curbing light pollution in the future. The council decided there was a need for a lighting law because of growth and building activity in the area as well as the desire of some residents to keep the night sky clear and visible, Councilman Brian Sipes said”The intent of a lighting ordinance is not to restrict outdoor lighting to unsafe levels,” Sipes said. “A well-crafted ordinance should provide adequate light for safety and security purposes and at the same time eliminate light pollution and glare beyond property lines.”If passed, all “non-compliant” light fixtures would have to meet the law’s standards within three years. The proposed regulations include:
• Curfews for unnecessary commercial signs and store lighting.• Lighting plans for apartment or housing complexes prior to construction.• Standards that do not allow exposed bulbs or light spilling beyond property lines.• A “Users Guide” that will help the development community and homeowners choose light fixtures that comply to the regulations”Public input has been limited. We are hopeful that more residents and business owners will be in attendance at Tuesday’s Council meeting to help guide our discussion, and ultimately the focus of the final regulation,” said Tambi Katieb, a senior planner with the town.