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Cambridge Outdoor Lighting Ordinance Taskforce

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The City Manager has appointed the Outdoor Lighting Ordinance Task Force to work with City staff and a lighting consultant to evaluate existing standards, offer guidance for the creation of a new ordinance, propose new regulatory approaches if needed, and develop enforcement mechanisms.  The proposed task force will comprise 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 will consider existing Cambridge lighting standards, as well as concerns raised in the Teague Zoning Petition.  In connection with the consultant’s efforts, the Task Force will review industry standards and technology innovations that can address environmental, safety, and economic concerns.  Finally, proposed enhancements to Cambridge outdoor lighting standards will be evaluated from a legislative and compliance perspective to recommend best practices for implementation in both existing and future fixtures and developments. 

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October 2015

The next meeting of the Outdoor Lighting Ordinance Taskforce is Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. in the 2nd floor Conference Room at 51 Inman Street, Cambridge. (Please note the change in meeting location.)

Meeting notes and handouts from the September 16, 2015 meeting of the Outdoor Lighting Ordinance Task Force are posted under the Presentations, Meeting Notes and Materials Tab.



Meeting #8 - September 16, 2015 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

  • Recap of proposed Outdoor Lighting Ordinance, remaining issues to be resolved, next steps
  • Discussion by Task Force Members about proposed draft and additional revisions.

Meeting #7, June 10, 2015 5:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

  • Review of proposed Outdoor Lighting Ordinance draft provided by the Law Department based on recommendations from the Outdoor Lighting Task Force.
  • Review of proposed Good Neighbor Outdoor Lighting Brochure

Meeting #6, August 20, 2014 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

  • Review of draft of revised Outdoor Lighting Ordinance draft.

Meeting #5, May 21, 2014 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

  • Review of proposed Outdoor Lighting Ordinance draft and Performance Lighting District Map.

Meeting #4, April 2, 2014 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

  • Continued presentation on possible recommendations that could be included in an outdoor lighting ordinance.

Meeting #3, February, 26, 2014, 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. 

  • Presentation on possible recommendations that could be included in an outdoor lighting ordinance.

Meeting #2, January 15, 2014, 4:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M.

  • Walking tour of residential and commercial areas to review concerns with customary lighting.  

Meeting #1 – December 4, 2013, 4:00 P. M. - 6:00 P. M.

  • Outdoor Lighting Ordinance Agenda and Scope of Work
  • Existing Cambridge Lighting Ordinances
  • Planning Board Recommendations
  • Presentation of Model Lighting Ordinance and Best Practices from other Cities
  • Discussion by Committee and Next Steps


Task Force Members:

  • Carol Lynn Alpert - Resident Representative
  • Chris Basler - Community Development Department
  • Andrea Boyer - License Commission
  • Peter Calkins - Commercial Property Representative
  • David Chilinski - Resident and Business Representative
  • Gavin Kleespies - Resident Representative
  • Steve Lenkauskas - Electrical Department
  • Ranjit Singanayagam - Inspectional Services Department
  • Charles Teague - Resident Representative
  • Bob Woodbury - Resident Representative

Lighting Consultant:

  • Paul Lutkevich, Vice President - Technical Director,  Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Jeffery Berg, Lighting Design - Supervising Architect, Parsons Brinckerhoff  

Project Staff:

Chris Basler, Outdoor Lighting Ordinance Project Manager, Community Development Department. Chris Basler can be reach via phone at 617/349-4601 or via email at cbasler@cambridgema.gov.  

  • Andrea Boyer  - License Commission
  • Lt. Leonard DiPietro - Police Department
  • Iram Farooq - Community Development Department
  • Lisa Hemmerle - Community Development Department
  • Steve Lenkauskas - Electrical Department
  • Jeff Roberts - Community Development Department
  • Ranjit Singanayagam - Inspectional Services Department

If you would like to receive information about this task force and updates, please contact Chris Basler at cbasler@cambridgema.gov or 617/349-4601 to be added to the e-mail notification list.  You can also use this form to join the email list.