Strategy RC4.1: Pass local night sky ordinances tailored to each community’s preferences and needs.
Pass local ordinances that require illumination cone maximums, automatic timing devices, and/or spotlight limitations. Many local jurisdictions, including Asheville, Waynesville, and Buncombe County, already have ordinances in place to minimize light pollution.
Additional Information / Case Studies
International Dark-Sky Association—Information on preserving the nighttime environment through quality outdoor lighting
Outdoor Lighting Code Handbook—Discusses issues relative to outdoor lighting codes, their effectiveness, implementation, and enforcement. “Pattern code” included, to be modified for each community’s needs.
Simple Guidelines for Lighting Regulations—For small communities, urban neighborhoods, and subdivisions
Light Levels SmartCode Module—Supplements the Center for Applied Transect Studies SmartCode