Paradise Valley to explore changes to lighting ordinance

Changes may be coming to the Paradise Valley Zoning Ordinance involving lighting and light fixtures as the local governing board will discuss the proposed changes during its Thursday, Nov. 3 town council meeting.

The town council is only discussing this issue as it is on the study session agenda. The hearing for the final draft of changes will happen during a town hall meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17.

The proposed changes would affect Article X, Section 1023 Outdoor Lighting and Illumination; Article XXII, Section 2208 Outdoor Lighting; Article XXII Hillside Development Regulations, Section 2208 Outdoor Lighting; Article XXV Signs, Section 2506 Lighting; and Special Use Permit Guidelines, Section 2 Lighting, according to city staff presentation.

In the section surrounding outdoor lighting and illumination for non-hillside communities, the town council will discuss adding a definition section, the presentation states. The definitions of lumen and beam angle will be added, which previously appeared only in the section outlying hillside community standards.

Additionally, the town council will discuss revising the definitions of footcandle and visual enjoyment lighting in the section, according to the proposal.

The town council will also discuss changing all references in this section from watts to lumens, the presentation states. Lumens are the standard international unit of luminous flux.

Some proposed changes to Hillside Development Regulations include adding several definitions while clarifying others. Additionally, there are proposed guidelines for mounted luminaires the town council will discuss, the presentation states.

As far as prohibitions for outdoor lighting, holiday lighting would be allowed from Oct. 15 to Jan. 15 as opposed to Nov. 15 to Jan. 15 if the town council decides to move forward with the proposed changes, according to a staff presentation.

The discussion will also explore further guidelines for signs and their lightings, according to the presentation.

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