Cambridge Outdoor Lighting Ordinance Taskforce
The City Manager appointed the Outdoor Lighting Ordinance Task Force to work with City staff to evaluate existing standards, offer guidance for the creation of a new ordinance, propose new regulatory approaches, and develop enforcement mechanisms. The intent being to permit an amount of outdoor lighting that is appropriate to allow for the safe use and enjoyment of outdoor areas, while also mitigating light trespass and glare to abutters and the public at large, reducing light pollution, and promoting energy conservation. The Task Force is comprises of representatives from City departments, including Community Development, Electrical, Inspectional Services, and the License Commission, along with Cambridge residents, property owners, and business representatives.
The Task Force is considering existing Cambridge lighting standards, as well as concerns raised in the Teague Zoning Petition. In connection with a lighting consultant’s efforts, the Task Force is reviewing industry standards and technology innovations that can address environmental, safety, and economic concerns. Finally, proposed enhancements to Cambridge outdoor lighting standards are being evaluated from a legislative and compliance perspective to recommend best practices for implementation for both existing building and future fixtures and developments.
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