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Right now, San Antonio has an opportunity to improve its dark skies, and we need your help to make it happen!

The City of San Antonio is amending its Unified Development Code, which includes the Military Lighting Overlay District ​ Ordinance (MLOD). Currently, the city is considering Amendment No. 25-1, an update that would limit blue-white light in outdoor lighting. Night sky preservation is vital to military operations in San Antonio and beneficial to everyone who lives in or near the city.  

Thanks to more than 50 public comments and nearly 30 letters of support in February, our amendment was sponsored by San Antonio's Planning Commission Technical Advisory Committee (PCTAC). Now we need your help on the next step!

Next Monday, May 9, the Hill Country Alliance will present this amendment and the committee will decide if the proposed amendment should continue to move forward in the process. Please take a few minutes to support Amendment No. 25-1 - a better outdoor lighting ordinance - by next Monday, May 9, 2022 at 8:00 AM. 

Please take a few minutes to support starry night skies and:

  1. Write a letter of support.
  2. Submit a public comment.
  3. Call and leave a voicemail.
  4. Tell your friends and neighbors.

If you have already spoken out in support - thank you

Write a Letter


Please email letters to udcamendments@sanantonio.gov or drop them off in person at the San Antonio Development Services Department at 1901 S. Alamo Street, San Antonio, Texas 78204.

Please feel free write your own unique letter or use the template below:
[Name]
[Street Address]
[City, State Zip]


May 5, 2022 
City of San Antonio 
Development Services Department 
1901 South Alamo Street 
San Antonio, TX 78204 

Re: Unified Development Code Amendment no. 25-1
 
Dear Planning Commission Technical Advisory Committee: 

[Organization/Business Name] would like to express support for the proposed amendments to the City of San Antonio Military Lighting Overlay District (MLOD) Ordinance 35-339.04. 

Proper dark sky protections are essential to military operations in San Antonio and important to many who live here. We would like to see the regulations for MLOD outdoor lighting fixtures updated to account for changes in lighting technology. A maximum correlated color temperature (CCT) of 3000K aligns with International Dark-Sky Association and Illuminating Engineering Society standards.  

A reduction in outdoor lighting CCT protects our views of the night sky, saves energy, and reduces glare. Recent studies show significant benefits to the health of humans, animals, plants, and insects when light pollution is diminished or eliminated altogether. [Organization/Business Name] recognizes night sky preservation as an important priority for our region. We appreciate the City of San Antonio and its vital leadership role on this issue. 

Regards, 
[Your Name Here]
CLICK HERE TO EMAIL LETTER

Submit a Public Comment


Click here to visit the City of San Antonio Development Services Department webpage and submit a public comment in support of revisions to Amendment No. 25-1

You can write your own comment, or use the text provided below:
Proper dark sky protections are essential to military operations in San Antonio and important to many who live in the area. We would like to see the regulations for MLOD outdoor lighting fixtures updated to account for changes in lighting technology. A maximum correlated color temperature (CCT) of 3000K is aligned with International Dark-Sky Association and Illuminating Engineering Society standards.  
 
A reduction in outdoor lighting CCT protects our views of the night sky, saves energy, and reduces glare. Recent studies show significant benefits to the health of humans, animals, plants, and insects when light pollution is diminished or eliminated altogether.  
CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A COMMENT

Call and Leave a Voicemail


Leave a voice message of a maximum of two minutes by dialing (210) 206-7564. Your message will be played during the meeting.

Please include your full name, home or work address and start by saying that you are commenting on agenda item #4, in support of the Hill Country Alliance's Amendment No. 25-1.
CLICK HERE TO CALL

Tell your Friends!


Help spread the word - tell your friends and neighbors to speak up for starry night skies. Share recent social media posts (Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram) and click the button below to forward this email to a friend. 
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Thank you in advance for your support of this code amendment. The sooner you can email, comment, or call, the better!

Many thanks,  
Dawn Davies
Night Sky Program Manager
Hill Country Alliance
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