Greetings Fellow Supporter of Hill Country Night Skies,
We are reaching out to you because (best we can tell) you live in Bexar, Comal, or Kendall County. Right now, San Antonio has an opportunity to improve its dark skies, but we need your help to make it happen! Please take a few minutes to support a better outdoor lighting ordinance. Read on for more information and detailed instructions on how to submit comments to the city – thank you!
The City of San Antonio is in the middle of amending their Unified Development Code, which includes their Military Lighting Overlay District Ordinance (MLOD). Night sky preservation is vital to military operations in San Antonio and beneficial to everyone who lives in or near the city.
Based on a request from the Hill Country Alliance, the city is considering an update that would limit the amount of allowable blue-white light in outdoor lighting. LED lights are available in warmer tones (less blue-white light), which reduces the amount of glare and light pollution coming from the fixture. Warmer tones are less impactful on both human health and wildlife health. Good outdoor lighting ordinances address this by limiting the correlated color temperature of outdoor lighting to 3000K - which is what we are requesting the city do in its Military Lighting Overlay District.
Next Wednesday, February 23, the Hill Country Alliance will present this amendment to the Planning Commission Technical Advisory Committee (PCTAC), who will decide if the proposed amendment should move forward in the process. Here is where you can help!
Please help us defend the night skies with an email letter of support for Amendment No. 25-1. Write your own, or use the template below, and send it to email@example.com.
We must receive your letter by TOMORROW - Friday, February 18, to get it to the PCTAC in time for their decision.