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Dark Sky Ordinance

Dark Sky Proposed Ordinance

Project Overview 
The Dark Sky Ordinance would regulate outdoor lighting through the adoption of comprehensive citywide outdoor lighting standards into Title 17 (Zoning) of the Malibu Municipal Code.

The goals of the ordinance are to:
  1. Provide safe and effective levels of outdoor lighting; 
  2. Curtail light pollution to preserve enjoyment of the nighttime sky and the City’s rural environment; 
  3. Avoid impacts to wildlife and natural habitats; and 
  4. Promote the City’s goal of conserving energy and natural resources. 
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Public Review Process
The proposed ordinance has been reviewed by the Zoning Ordinances Revisions and Code Enforcement Subcommittee (ZORACES). The next step is a Joint City Council and Planning Commission tour/workshop (details below). After public input is received and the draft ordinance is complete, the new lighting standards will be scheduled for public hearing by the Planning Commission, followed by the City Council for adoption.

Public Meetings          
  • June 6, 2017- Joint City Council & Planning Commission Tour
    • Open to the public. All are welcome!
    • Starts at 8:00 PM at City Hall with an introductory briefing followed by a tour of lighting sites in the City at 9:45 PM.
    • A draft ordinance will be released in advance for public comment.
    • Surveys will be provided to participants to evaluate each site.
    • An itinerary will be released in advance. Participants are responsible for transportation.
    • Led by International Dark-Sky Association technical advisor and lighting engineer
  • June 7, 2017 - Joint City Council & Planning Commission Workshop
    • Open to the public. All are welcome!
    • Starts at 6:30 PM at City Hall
    • Topics includes: Tour experience, survey results, community concerns, draft ordinance, compliance and enforcement
    • Led by International Dark-Sky Association technical advisor and lighting engineer
  • February 28, 2017 - ZORACES Agenda Report
  • August 23, 2016 - ZORACES Agenda Report

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Jessica Colvard
Associate Planner
Ph: 310-456-2489, ext. 234

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