Statement to County Council
Statement from the “Privilege of the Floor” portion of the March 8, 2005, meeting of the St. Joseph County Council in South Bend, Indiana, addresses Lighting Issues:
Mr. President and
My name is Chuck
Bueter, and I am a resident of St. Joseph County.
As you are aware, the
County may adopt new zoning ordinances imminently. I am here to commend you publicly for the inclusion of a
lighting ordinance, in particular Article 8.08.02 of the proposed zoning
regulations. By including sections
that address the annoyance of glare and light spillover, you recognize that
smart lighting maintains adequate illumination for the public safety yet
preserves the quality of the night for us all.
However, as an
aficionado of the night sky, I find there are some shortcomings in the language
of the proposed lighting ordinance, including intent, technical issues, and
applicability. This is to be
expected, for St. Joseph County is, thankfully, moving into new territory with
the lighting ordinance.
At the invitation of
Councilman Dale DeVon, I met with Councilman DeVon, St. Joseph Building
Commissioner Donald Fozo, and Area Plan Executive Director Robert Sante to
discuss some of these shortcomings. Together
we agreed to collaborate to correct deficiencies and to propose amendments to
the new ordinance shortly after it is adopted.
I encourage you to enact this legislation as it stands now, for the
proposed lighting ordinance with shortcomings is a vast improvement over no
ordinance at all.
I have posted a
point-by-point critique of Article 8.08.02 online at www.transitofvenus.org/lights.htm
[moved to www.nightwise.org].
I will email that website address and my contact information to you this
Thank you for the
courtesy of your attention.
Copyright ©2009 Chuck Bueter. All rights reserved.