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(A) Purpose and intent. The purpose and intent of this section is to ensure that lighting is provided in order to facilitate the safe and secure movement of motor vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians, as well as to provide for the security of buildings and personal property.
(B) Plan of development submittal requirements. The applicant shall submit plans for all proposed exterior lighting. These plans shall include the location, type of light, radius of light, manufacturer’s specification sheet, and intensity in footcandles. This submittal is not required of single-family homes, however, that does not exclude single-family homes from complying with the requirements of this section.
(C) General requirements.
(1) Maximum height. The maximum height of light standards shall not exceed the maximum building height permitted, or 25 feet, whichever is less.
(2) Lights shall be shielded. The height and shielding of lighting standards shall provide proper lighting without hazard to drivers or nuisance to adjacent residents. The design of lighting standards shall be of a type appropriate to the development in which they are proposed.
(D) Lighting within public rights-of-way.
(1) When required. The use of lighting within public rights-of-way is at the discretion of the applicant, unless required by the State Department of Transportation or the plan-approving authority when deemed necessary to ensure the safety of the traveling public.
(2) Installation standards. Unless otherwise approved by the plan-approving authority, street lights shall conform with the following standards.
(a) All fixtures and mounting devices shall be architecturally compatible with the development. In this regard, cobrahead or other fixtures with a horizontal extension between the mounting pole and the luminaire of more than 18 inches shall not be approved in residential areas.
(b) The lighting plan shall be designed to illuminate roads, intersections, and pedestrian facilities constructed within and along the boundaries of the development.
(c) Luminaires shall be installed so as to reduce or prevent direct glare into dwellings.
(E) Lighting within parking areas and adjacent walkways. All parking areas and appurtenant walkways, bikeways, and driveways serving commercial, public, office, industrial, residential, mobile home park, or other similar uses, having common off-street parking and/or loading areas, and/or common pathways, shall be adequately illuminated for security and safety purposes. The lighting plan shall provide for nonglare, color-corrected lights focused downward, and be consistent with the standards listed below.
(1) Cone of illumination standard. All lights shall be shielded to restrict the maximum apex angle of the cone of illumination to 150 degrees.
(2) Shielding of lights near residences. Where lights along property lines would be visible to adjacent residents, the lights shall be appropriately shielded. Such shielding may include luminaire shielding, berming, landscape material, and/or decorative fencing.
(3) Lights out provision. Site lighting, other than that needed for security purposes, shall be set on a timer system that shuts off all but security lighting of the site by 11:00 p.m.
(4) Spotlights not recommended in certain circumstances. Spotlight-type fixtures attached to buildings and visible to the public shall be avoided.
(5) Lighting at points of vehicular conflict. Lighting shall be located along driveways, where driveways intersect public rights-of-way, parking areas, and where various types of circulation systems merge, intersect, or split. Freestanding lights shall be so located and protected to avoid being damaged by vehicles. Lighting poles or standards shall be placed at least three feet beyond where anticipated vehicular traffic or parking may occur.
(6) Lights in pedestrian areas. Pathways, sidewalks, and trails shall be lighted with low pedestrian level or mushroom type light standards. Stairways, sloping, or rising paths, and building entrances and exits shall be illuminated.
(Ord. passed 11-9-1995) Penalty, see § 157.999