your municipality has an outdoor lighting ordinance,
please Contact Us.
Also check with your city secretary or Planning and
Zoning (P&Z) department
for existing ordinances to start from. Ask them to
search for these key words: Light
Pollution, Outdoor Lighting, Exterior Lighting, Glare,
Light Trespass, Signs, Parking Lots, Roadways, Sidewalks
municipalities have some sort of outdoor lighting
ordinance or outdoor lighting restrictions in place. The
newest ordinances are being passed in Hill Country towns
that are becoming more concerned about dark skies and
how they foster a better "hill country environment." If
you live in a Hill Country town, be sure to strike up a
conversation with some fellow townsfolk about dark skies
and share with them the knowledge you have found here.
Interested in finding
if there are a group of people in your area working to
fight light pollution? Go to our Contact Us page and
sign up for the Texas IDA Yahoo Group
Texas municipalities with specific
Outdoor Lighting or Light Pollution Ordinances:
Many people send us emails
asking what type of ordinance should they try to get
passed in their community? Well, there is
no easy answer. Each community is different and has
specific needs and warrants a specific ordinance that
address concerns of that locale. There is no "one size
fits all" ordinance that will always work!
What do you do
then? Look at what other communities have done (in Texas
first, and then nationwide), talk with folks who have
been in the trenches and let them share their
experiences with you, get a feel for your community and
what type of regulations fit best, then start piecing it
together. If you live in a small town, then probably a
simple ordinance is best and better than one say for the
City of El Paso or San Antonio.
Email us on our Contact Us
page and/or join our Texas IDA Yahoo Group to ask other
members about their experiences.
excellent ordinances to use for now as guidelines
Fort Bend County, Texas (see
Pima County, AZ:
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