City lights up discussion

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:47 AM

A proposed ordinance update would regulate lighting in residential neighborhoods, City Planner Kristin Turkelson said.

“There was a concern about what if one neighbor has a floodlight pointed at another house,” she explained. “There were a few planning commissioners who felt (the city) needed a stronger ordinance.”

The proposed ordinance amendment would address the installation of lights that may be deemed a nuisance by others in the neighborhood. An example, Turkelson said, is a neighbor deciding to install a floodlight and it was not shielded.

There is currently no city law prohibiting this from happening. In fact, Turkelson said the city’s light ordinance doesn’t even cover residential lighting.

Turkelson said she looked to several other communities to see they handle residential lighting issues.

“It was a real mixed bag,” she said. “It was about 50/50 whether a community addressed it or not.”

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