Light effects have the potential to adversely affect health and general wellbeing and public safety. Council has the ability through the District Plan to manage these effects to protect amenity and safety values.
► Requirement for a standalone chapter to address the effects of light and glare (national direction).
► Limited lighting and glare provisions in the current plan.
► Growing awareness of the value of “dark skies’ across the District.
The Dark Skies movement is the recognition of pristine skies which are essentially free from light pollution at night.
DRAFT RESPONSES TO KEY ISSUES
► Stand-alone chapter for all light and glare related matters.
► Encourage new activities sensitive to light and glare to be designed and/or located to minimise conflict and reverse sensitivity effects.
► Encourage external lighting to be designed in accordance with industry best practice standards to minimise glare and nuisance effects.
► Ensure illumination onto transport corridors does not distract users or interfere with traffic signals.
► Clear policy guidance for the consideration of new activities generating light and glare effects.
► Best practicable option approach where the internalisation of light and glare effects cannot be wholly achieved.
Intrusive lighting and glare: An example includes: light from floodlights or security lights causing a nuisance to other people.