At tomorrow’s 9 a.m. meeting of the County Planning Commission, night skies, light trespass, and energy conservation will be the subject of a public hearing, discussion, and likely vote on the issue. Reporter Mike Lipsitz has more on this update of the county lighting ordinance which has its roots here in our Morongo Basin…
Under consideration are enhancements to the “Glare and Outdoor Lighting” section of the county development code for both commercial and residential applications. The proposed ordinance regulates outdoor lighting practices to minimize glare and light pollution, and conserve resources while maintaining safety. For a decade, key players like the Morongo Basin Conservation Association, Joshua Tree National Park, and the Marine Air Ground Combat Center have been at the forefront of efforts to preserve our night skies. Their work, along with significant support from Third District County Supervisor Dawn Rowe, led to many of the enhancements reflected in the proposal. If approved by the Planning Commission, it will go to County Supervisors for final approval and adoption
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