Illuminating Columbia's Lighting Law
Jones says she'd welcome lights from a new development behind her house, but the city says lights should only be directed away from homes and public areas. A new law would give the city more say over what lights are where.
The law aims to prevent glare, or "light spillage," from businesses into homes, as well as to improve night vision for drivers and to conserve energy. But, some businesses said the city's overlooking a bigger issue.
"My members own gas stations and convenience stores across Columbia, and the vast majority of them are open 24/7," explained Ron Leone of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Stores Association. "So, lighting is a very important factor when it comes to our customers' safety."
And, at least some residents agree.
"I would think you'd want commercial property to be well-lit, Jones said, "because it would discourage vandalism and various crimes."
The city will hold a public hearing on proposed lighting regulations next month. It's the second time since 2000 that city planners are reviewing local lighting laws.