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File #: BL2020-535    Version: Name:
Type: Bill (Ordinance) Status: Passed
File created: 11/10/2020 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 4/6/2021 Final action: 4/6/2021
Title: An ordinance amending Titles 16 and 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws regarding the design and operation of outdoor electrical lighting to achieve light pollution reduction consistent with International Dark Sky Association guidelines (Proposal No. 2020Z-014TX-001).
Sponsors: Burkley Allen, Ginny Welsch, Freddie OConnell, Kathleen Murphy, Russ Bradford, Tonya Hancock, Joy Styles, Angie Henderson
Attachments: 1. BL2020-535 Substitute, 2. BL2020-535 Amendment 1, 3. BL2020-535 Amendment 2
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
4/9/20214 Metropolitan Council effective  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/7/20214 Mayor approved  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/6/20213 Metropolitan Council passed on third reading as amended  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/6/20213 Codes, Fair, and Farmers Market Committee approved with an amendment  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/5/20213 Planning, Zoning, and Historical Committee approved with an amendment  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/16/20213 Metropolitan Council deferred  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/2/20211 Metropolitan Council passed on second reading as amended  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/2/20213 Metropolitan Council substituted  Action details Meeting details Not available
3/2/20213 Metropolitan Council amended  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/25/20211 Planning Commission approved with a substitute   Action details Meeting details Not available
2/2/20211 Metropolitan Council deferred  Action details Meeting details Not available
2/2/20211 Metropolitan Council public hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
1/8/20211 Metropolitan Council advertised  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/17/20201 Metropolitan Council deferred to  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/17/20201 Metropolitan Council passed on first reading  Action details Meeting details Not available
11/10/20201 Metropolitan Council filed  Action details Meeting details Not available
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An ordinance amending Titles 16 and 17 of the Metropolitan Code of Laws regarding the design and operation of outdoor electrical lighting to achieve light pollution reduction consistent with International Dark Sky Association guidelines (Proposal No. 2020Z-014TX-001).

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WHEREAS, although artificial lighting has enabled people to be productive around the clock and has provided many benefits to civilization, an unfortunate side effect of artificial lighting is light pollution, which can have multiple negative consequences if not minimized; and

WHEREAS, light pollution of adjacent properties or of the night sky results from using too much light, directing it where it is not needed, or using it when it is not needed; and

WHEREAS, light pollution in the U.S. is estimated to waste up to 35% of the energy used for outdoor lighting, enough to power two cities the size of New York, resulting in five million tons of greenhouse gas being emitted into the air unnecessarily, costing three billion dollars in wasted energy, and squandering limited energy resources; and

WHEREAS, light pollution has significant environmental effects, including the alteration of the circadian rhythms of many animals and insects who depend on the natural light / dark cycle of day and night and the disruption of seasonal cycles used by migrating birds, sea turtles, and many other animals; and

WHEREAS, research suggests that artificial light at night can negatively affect human health, increasing risks for obesity, depression, sleep disorders, diabetes, breast cancer and more; and

WHEREAS, light pollution reduces the ability to see the constellations of the night sky, an invaluable source of wonder and curiosity, diminishing the opportunity to draw our children into fascination with Science Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education; and

WHEREAS, the Livable Nashville Committee was convened in 2016 to develop a vision for protecting and enhancing Nashville's livability and en...

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