This chapter shall be known as the TOQUERVILLE EXTERIOR LIGHTING ORDINANCE. The purpose of these regulations is to protect and promote the public health, safety and welfare, the quality of life, and the ability to view the night sky, by establishing regulations and a process for review of exterior lighting. This chapter establishes standards for exterior lighting in order to accomplish the following:
   A.   Provide safe roadways for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, and ensure that sufficient lighting can be provided where needed to promote safety and security;
   B.   Minimize the effects of direct glare and excessive lighting;
   C.   Protect the nighttime use and enjoyment of property and curtail the degradation of the nighttime visual environment, and thereby help preserve the quality of life in the city;
   D.   Prevent light trespass in all areas of the city;
   E.   Promote energy efficient and cost effective lighting in all areas of the city and comply with adopted state energy codes;
   F.   Allow for flexibility in the style of lighting fixtures;
   G.   Define practical and effective measures by which the obtrusive aspects of outdoor light usage can be minimized, and provide lighting practices that direct appropriate amounts of light where and when it is needed;
   H.   Provide nonfinancial assistance to property owners and occupants in bringing nonconforming lighting into conformance with this chapter; and
   I.   Work with other jurisdictions within Washington County to meet the purposes of this chapter. (Ord. 2017.02, 4-13-2017; amd. Ord. 2020.06, 2-13-2020)