In September 2014 the Board of Supervisors directed Planning staff to prepare a Dark Sky Ordinance for the unincorporated areas within the Ojai Valley Municipal Advisory Council jurisdiction in the Ojai Valley. The intent of the new ordinance is to achieve the following:
- Improved ability to view the night sky and stars;
- Greater tranquility and maintenance of the rural ambience;
- Beneficial effects for people and animals;
- Minimize light pollution by protecting against direct glare and excessive lighting; and
- Promote safe and efficient levels for outdoor lighting; thereby reducing energy use.
A link to the September 2014 Board hearing and Board Letter can be found here (Item 27).
Planning staff began initial work on this ordinance in April 2017. It is anticipated that this project will be implemented through an overlay zone and associated Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance regulations. Once a draft ordinance is ready for public review, information will be made available on this website regarding upcoming public meetings. Ultimately, all amendments to the Non-Coastal Zoning Ordinance will be reviewed by the Ojai Valley MAC, the Ventura County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors.
Planning staff expects to complete this project by Fall 2018.Upcoming dates for public input:
- Ojai Valley MAC meeting
April 23, 2018 at 7:00 P.M
Oak View Community Center
18 Valley Road
Oak View, CA 93022
Ojai Valley MAC Agenda
See the Planning staff presentation here
- Planning Commission Public Hearing
(expected July 2018)
- Board of Supervisors Public Hearing
(expected September 2018)
- International Dark-Sky Association (IDA)
- Model Lighting Ordinance (MLO) User's Guide, IDA, June 2011
- Pattern Outdoor Lighting Code, Flagstaff, July 2010
- Exterior Lighting Standards, City of Ojai