Should Fairfax have an ordinance addressing light pollution in town?
Drake High School junior Sophia Lahey, a Fairfax resident, has requested the council regulate outdoor light pollution in town. Lahey recently penned a .
According to Lahey, light pollution negatively impacts wildlife and human health, while increasing energy use and enhancing air pollution.
“Fairfax has been a leader in sustainable issues in the past so a light pollution control resolution and/or ordinance seems like a great match for our town,” she wrote to the council in a letter. (See the whole letter attached in the staff report at the right.)
At the Feb. 6 Fairfax Council meeting, the council will discuss adopting a light pollution ordinance. If the council members decide to move forward with an ordinance, it will adopt a “resolution of intention” at the March 6 council meeting, punting the topic to the Fairfax Planning Commission before it would return to the council for final approval.
The town doesn’t have an ordinance regulating outdoor lighting. At times, the planning commission has regulated outdoor lighting for residential and commercial properties via “conditions of approval.”
Lahey has encouraged the council to adopt a lighting ordinance similar to one adopted by the town of Homer Glen, Illinois. See the ordinance attached in the staff report at the right.
The council will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Fairfax Woman’s Club. See the agenda for the entire meeting attached at the right.
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