planners and decisionmakers

 

When protecting natural darkness becomes a priority, municipal policy initiatives to protect the night sky will follow. Community engagement, action and education are critical to developing effective plans and policies.

The Planners & Decision Makers Toolkit offers a suite of resources to aid and educate planners and decision makers to better understand the implications of dark sky conservation and to plan for and implement effective policies.

DARK SKY PLANNING: GUIDANCE & BEST PRACTICES

An introductory guide for local leaders about dark sky conservation benefits and planning best practices.

Utah Community Development Office in partnership with the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative

DARK SKY ASSESSMENT GUIDE: EVALUATION METHODS, TOOLS, & RESOURCES

This worksheet guides users through several evaluation methods which could be used for a general assessment of dark sky-friendly lighting in a community. (Update-6-11-19)

Utah Community Development Officin partnership with the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative

FIVE PRINCIPLES FOR RESPONSIBLE OUTDOOR LIGHTING

By applying these five principles, properly designed electric lighting at night can be beautiful, healthy, and functional. Projects that incorporate these principles will save energy and money, reduce light pollution, and minimize wildlife disruption.

International Dark-Sky Association & the Illuminating Engineering Society

 

ECONOMICS OF DARK SKIES

This brief defines the concept of “dark sky development” and outlines several economic benefits of dark sky conservation. The purpose is to provide dark sky advocates with talking points for communicating the economics of dark skies to decision-makers.

Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative

WORKING WITH PUBLIC OFFICIALS
Five tips to help you work with public officials to get support for dark skies. Utah Governor Spencer Cox declares April as Utah's Dark Sky Month," an important boost for spreading dark sky awareness to residents and supporting grassroots dark sky preservation efforts.

Utah Office of Tourism, Destination Development

BEST PRACTICES IN APPROACHING COMMUNITIES

Nine steps of action for effectively approaching communities in dark sky conservation.

Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative & IDA Utah Chapter

 

LIGHTING ORDINANCES

A primer on the basic components of a lighting ordinance.

Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative

LIGHTING ORDINANCE WALKTHROUGH

An interactive breakdown of what a lighting ordinance is, the different formats it may take, links to examples, and best practices.

Utah Community Development Office in partnership with the Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative

CODE ENFORCEMENT: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SMALL TOWNS

Code enforcement is a critical, and overlooked aspect of successful implementation of a lighting ordinance. This guide defines code, describes why enforcement is important, and outlines actionable strategies.

Utah Community Development Office

 

GOOD NEIGHBOR LIGHTING POLICY CONSIDERATIONS | 13 MIN VIDEO

A 13-minute overview of good neighbor policy considerations including a description of common law nuisance, the definition of light trespass, indications for how to find appropriate lighting, and illustrations on how to make good neighbor behaviors both compulsory and durable.



John Barentine,  Former Director of Public Policy at International Dark Sky Association

HELPER, UT LIGHTING INVENTORY DASHBOARD

Struggling to visualize what a community lighting inventory looks like? Helper, UT was one of the first cities in the nation to have a thorough lighting inventory. Click the link above to interact with an ArcGIS Dashboard featuring collected data points for 487 public light fixtures.

Courtesy of Helper City and the Utah Community Development Office

IDA MODEL SIMPLE MUNICIPAL RESOLUTION
Not ready for a lighting ordinance? Consider adopting a non-binding municipal resolution as a way to warm up to a future lighting ordinance.

International Dark-Sky Association

 

ELECTRONIC SIGN & DIGITAL BILLBOARD ORDINANCES: A PRIMER FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
This primer is intended for local governments and community groups seeking to develop or amend their digital sign and billboard ordinances. Written by planning professionals, it offers definitions, guidance, and key considerations when creating robust and defensible ordinances. (First Edition, 2021)

Scenic Utah