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County planners OK light pollution districts

Posted: November 14, 2011 5:59 p.m.
Updated: November 14, 2011 5:59 p.m.
 


The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission has adopted a resolution that promises to cut down on light pollution in outlying areas of the county, including some in the Santa Clarita Valley.

On Nov. 9, the commission held a public hearing in Los Angeles with the hope of setting up a Rural Outdoor Lighting District. Such a district would define, among other things, what outdoor lighting contributes to light pollution and which outdoor lights are environmentally responsible.

Planning commissioners endorsed the lighting district plans and are now preparing to submit their recommendation to the county for final approval.

The move promises to appease rural residents seeking to limit the amount of random light they say contributes to "light pollution."

The proposed Rural Outdoor Lighting District would, according to the commission:

- Permit reasonable uses of outdoor lighting for nighttime safety, utility, security, productivity and enjoyment.

- Minimize adverse off-site impacts including light trespass and obtrusive light.

- Curtail light pollution and preserve the nighttime environment.

- Protect the natural environment from the adverse effects of excessive outdoor lighting from artificial sources.

- Conserve energy and resources.

- Promote dark skies for the enjoyment and health of humans and wildlife.

Plans for the county-wide lighting district call for changes to be made to existing outdoor lighting zones inside unincorporated areas of the county.

Ten of the 47 zones that would be affected by the plan are in the Santa Clarita Valley, all of them along the northern and northeastern perimeter.

Five of the zones are inside the 91390 ZIP code, directly south of the northern ridge of the Angeles National Forest. One of those five is defined as running along San Franciscquito Canyon Road.

Four of the other zones are described by the commission as in the Mint Canyon area - two along stretches of Sierra Highway and two in Agua Dulce.

The tenth area affected is defined by the commission as a "county island" in the Sand Canyon Canyon area bounded by the city of Santa Clarita on all sides, inside the community built along Canyon End Road, Live Oak Springs Canyon Road and Michael Crest Drive.

Planning commissioners are expected to submit their recommendation to the county Board of Supervisors before Dec. 24.

 

 

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