Vail Town Council will review outdoor lighting
VAIL — The Vail Town Council at its Sept. 15 meeting will review the first reading of an ordinance that would establish time periods for use of decorative outdoor lights. The item is listed fifth on the agenda, and the meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers. There will be opportunities for public comment.
Ordinance was drafted at the council’s request to add definitions and time periods to Vail’s outdoor lighting regulations to address a growing number of light pollution complaints in residential neighborhoods. Because the use of decorative outdoor lights is currently unregulated, the purpose of the ordinance is to address a number of possible problems identified by the town staff.
As proposed, the ordinance would allow decorative outdoor lights to be illuminated in residential neighborhoods between the hours of 4 and 11 p.m. daily during the winter season, — Nov. 15 through May 15. Decorative outdoor lights in commercial areas and decorative outdoor lights on town-owned public property would remain unregulated. In addition, decorative outdoor light displays, whether in residential neighborhoods or commercial areas, would not be subject to design review.
The draft ordinance will be reviewed by the Planning and Environmental Commission at its Sept. 14 meeting, with that group’s recommendation forwarded to the town council for consideration Sept. 15.
To review the draft ordinance in its entirety, visit the town’s website at http://www.vailgov.com.