Malibu Lighting Ordinance Could be in the Works

Preserving Malibu's remaining dark skies will likely be at the heart of the possible ordinance, which will go before the planning commission next week.

An ordinance seeking to protect Malibu's remaining dark skies and provide lighting guidelines for future development could be in the works.

Commissioners will consider recommending that the City Council initiate an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance to establish a lighting ordinance at its Feb. 19 meeting at Malibu City Hall.

Planning Commission Chair John Mazza brought up the idea to introduce a recommendation for a lighting ordinance at the Feb. 4 meeting following a presentation by James Benya, director of the Advanced Lighting Design Program at California Lighting Technology Center at UC Davis.

"Light pollution is a growing problem worldwide," Benya said in the hour-long presentation.

Benya laid out a model lighting ordinance, pointing to Anchorage and Tucson as the most progressive.

The ordinance creating zones of light within communities, ranging from conservative to liberal amounts of lighting.

"You could look at your community and create different standards for different parts of your community," said Benya, who was one of the authors of the International Dark Sky Association/Illuminating Engineering Society Model Lighting Ordinance.

Malibu Patch will have more on this story soon.

Cindy Vandor February 12, 2013 at 04:43 AM
Trancas Starbucks temp lights are blindingly bright and a hazard to drivers on PCH. Nobu parking lot lights also. City Staff: Do your jobs please and enforce existing light ordinances. City Council: Negligence is criminalized when public safety is at stake.
Judi Hutchinson February 12, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Hans, I know, what I know, when I know it. I have a permanent glow! I am referring to all the security lights and parking lights the school has on all night. My neighbor has been discussing this with the school. He has been trying to get them to change them out for lights with less pollution. It hasn't helped! The stadium lights are another matter, all together. You get blasted with those when you come around the corner. It is really bad for my neighbors. I get sky glow when they are on but I haven't trimmed my trees so I don't get it in my living room like I use to. Then again I lost my ocean view that way.
Hans Laetz February 13, 2013 at 02:54 AM
You are right about the security, Judi, and I have joined you for the past five years to demand an improved approach. The district must come up with a master dark skies plan for existing lights. I understand that plan has been delivered to the city. We shall see.
Marshall Thompson February 13, 2013 at 03:49 AM
Hans, what's up with the intersection at Trancas & PCH now that they have taken the old Starbucks etc bldg. down to the studs. It looks like the developers might put in a right turn lane on PCH after all. Got any intel to share? Thx for all your great work on this project.
jonathan90265 February 13, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Absolutely! We could see the night sky, dream and still have light where needed. It would be worth the effort.


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