The Bandon city council passed a very restrictive lighting ordinance on Monday August 6, 2012 and several of us residents have filed a Referendum Petition on this measure. The group, “The Committee to Keep the Lights ON in Bandon” will be gathering signatures until the 5th of September and we need your help.
We need you to sign the petition.
We need people to gather more signatures.
We need businesses to sponsor a petition site.
We need help from our fellow citizens.
Only Bandon voters can sign the petition, but
anybody can gather signatures.
For a copy of the Ordinance and a petition please contact:
PO Box 973
Bandon OR 97411
Time is of the essence, so we have to get started NOW!
The Bandon outdoor lighting ordinance, Ordinance 1594, gives the authority for city officials to determine what type of lighting fixtures can be used on your property. This law will give the city the right to fine people arbitrarily, or because neighbors have a grudge. You could pay a fine if your property has lighting that faces the forest or the
beach or if it can be seen. These new local regulations will add 5 new pages to the City Code and the cities analisys of the fiscal impact is officially“Undetermined.” The recommendation by the City Manager to the city council was to adopt Ordinance No. 1594. Do we need more bureaucracy and government control?
The law should be suspect since it is promoted by the US Fish & Wildlife Service, which is the same agency involved with the Bandon marsh expansion. No federal agency should be influencing local law and the public should worry when they do. The other non-governmental agency involved is the International Dark –Sky Association www.darksky.org, which has an environmental extremist agenda. I like wildlife, but this law goes too far in the name of protectionism over the free choices of the individual. The environment will be saved through education and advancement, not administrative intervention.
Here a link to Ordinance 1594
Here is what the Dark Sky’s group wants to do internationally:
Outreach to the Environmental Protection Agency
International Dark‐Sky Association Policy Statement:
Recommended Protected Areas
All of these regulations were designed and constructed for a specific agenda from the United Nations group International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives or ICLEI.
Sample Ordinances and Warranting
An ICLEI Community Meeting on Dark Skies Suitable Lighting
Lighting, Safety & Crime According to ICLEI
STOP THE BANDON OUTDOOR LIGHTING ORDINANCE--1594
Bandon: The City of Ordinances