RSF Association Rule on Outdoor Lighting Hours Posted for Public Comment

This month, the board members of the Rancho Santa Fe Association once again debated their “favorite regulation”: the outdoor lighting chapter of the regulatory code.

After several drafts over the course of two years, the board finally approved their new lighting rules in December, simply changing the outdated language of watts to modern lumens. The board is currently dealing individually with nine lighting policy topics, including upward lighting, tree lighting, safety lighting, outdoor chandeliers, outdoor lighting hours, and maximum lumens.

At a meeting on March 2, the board approved new rules for safe lighting. The policy requires safe lighting of residential entrances to be directed downwards and fully shielded with a maximum output of 2000 lumens (90 watts) for a single light source or combination of light sources.

The Board also approved the Outdoor Lighting Hours Policy for publication and public comment. According to the rules, outdoor lighting must be turned off before 23:00, with the exception of emergency lighting, address signs and entrance gate lighting.

RSF’s planning and development director, Maryam Babaki, said they receive about three to four complaints about this topic per month. RSF Council President Dan Comstock said it was not meant for a one-time party, but for those facilities that are lit 24 hours a day and become annoying to neighbors at night. During the meeting, these facilities were alternately described as being similar to a POW camp, Disneyland, and a hotel.

The decision will be posted within a month. Comments can be sent to [email protected]

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