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Chatham Commissioners seeks public input countywide lighting ordinance

Posted Friday, August 14, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - The Chatham County Board of Commissioners seeks public input on a proposed new ordinance to extend existing lighting requirements to unzoned sections of county. The new ordinance would apply to all parts of the county outside the planning jurisdictions of the towns.

The public hearing is scheduled for Monday, August 17, as part of the regular board meeting at 6 pm in the District Courtroom in Pittsboro.

“The main consideration in extending the coverage area of the lighting requirements is public safety,” said George Lucier. “We recognize that lighting is often needed for safety reasons, but overly bright lighting at night that is not well directed can actually become a safety hazard. For example, coming across a sudden bright spotlight while you are traveling on a dark rural road can be blinding.”

Lucier said that the requirements also will “prevent excessive light from trespassing on neighboring properties as Chatham County continues to develop in the future.”

A draft of the proposed lighting ordinance and information on the public hearing can be found on the Planning Division webpage. The current lighting requirements affecting zoned areas of the county only can be found on page 57 of the county’s Zoning Ordinance, found on this webpage.

Contact the Planning Division of the Sustainable Communities Development Department to obtain a printed or email copy or if you have questions. Call 919-542-8204 or send email to:

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