Street Lighting Policy Review

The Regional District is proposing to include new objectives and policy statements for street lighting under the "Infrastructure & Servicing" sections of the Electoral Area Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaws.

While street lights can improve visibility and safety for pedestrians and traffic, particularly at intersections, the Electoral Areas are comprised of predominately rural communities and street lighting is seen to be incompatible with the character of these areas (e.g. loss of dark skies to light pollution).

Accordingly, it is being proposed that the Regional District generally "discourage the creation of street lighting service areas outside of designated Primary and Rural Growth Areas in order to preserve the rural character of the Plan Area[s]."

It is further proposed that supporting policies include, amongst other things, the following:

  • Strongly discourage the creation of new street lighting service areas outside of Primary and Rural Growth Area;
  • Evaluate requests proposing the installation new street lighting within a service area administered by the Regional District against the following priority locations: intersections, adjacent to an existing educational facility; adjacent to an existing park; a transit stop; a cluster mailbox location; or within a designated Town Centre of Village Centre area.
  • Support the conversion of existing street lights to energy efficient fixtures in order to reduce maintenance, energy consumption costs and “sky glow”.
  • Support new street lights being energy efficient fixtures in order to reduce maintenance, energy consumption costs and “sky glow”.
  • Support the use of ornamental poles and fixtures that are owned are funded by the Regional District complying with approved fixtures and designs set within the Approved Products List under the subdivision servicing bylaw.

It is further being proposed to remove the requirements for the provision of street lighting at the time of subdivision or building permit application in the Regional District's Subdivision Servicing Bylaw No. 2000, 2002.

Amendment Bylaw Status

Draft DocumentsPublic ConsultationRegional District Board Consideration

Draft Amendment Bylaws:

Amendment Bylaw 2944

(version - 2021-08-23)

Amendment Bylaw 2000.16

(version - 2021-08-19)

 

Other Materials:

Current Street Lighting Regulations 

(Subdivision Servicing Bylaw No. 2000)

Current Street Lighting Service Levels

(Subdivision Servicing Bylaw No. 2000)

Public Information Meeting:

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: TBD

Notice of Meeting

 

Advisory Planning Commission (APC):

Date: September 13, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: https://rdos.webex.com/

Meeting Number: 2491 105 7967

Password: RD@S

Agenda

Administrative Report

Minutes

 

Date: September 13, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: https://rdos.webex.com/

Meeting Number: 2485 808 4607

Password: RD@S

Agenda

Administrative Report

Minutes

 

Date: September 14, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: https://rdos.webex.com/

Meeting Number: 2492 627 3018

Password: RD@S

Agenda

Administrative Report

Minutes

 

Date: September 15, 2021

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Location: https://rdos.webex.com/

Meeting Number: 2487 873 8584

Password: RD@S

Agenda

Administrative Report

Minutes

 

Public Hearing:

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: https://rdos.webex.com

Meeting number: 

Password: RD@S

Toll Free: 1-833-311-4101

Notice of Public Hearing 

Instructions on participating in and attending 
electronic public hearings can be viewed here: 
Public Hearings

 

Feedback Form

Planning & Development Committee

Administrative Report

PowerPoint Presentation

Minutes (2020-08-19) 

 

Administrative Report

Minutes

 

Bylaw Introduction (1st & 2nd reading):

Administrative Report

Amendment Bylaw 2944, 2021

Amendment Bylaw 2000.16, 2021

Representations

Minutes

 

Public Hearing:

Report

Representations

 

3rd Reading & Adoption:

Administrative Report

Representations

Minutes

Contact Us!

For additional information, please contact:
Christopher Garrish
Planning Manager
cgarrish@rdos.bc.ca
250-490-4101