Planners & Decision Makers

When protecting natural darkness becomes a priority, municipal policy initiatives to protect the night sky will follow. Community engagement, action and education are critical to developing effective plans and policies.

The Planners & Decision Makers Toolkit offers a suite of resources to aid and educate planners and decision makers to better understand the implications of dark sky conservation and to plan for and implement effective policies.

Resources

Dark Sky Planning Guide

An introductory guide for local leaders about dark sky conservation benefits and planning best practices

Utah Community Development Office & Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative

Lighting Ordinance Brief

A primer on the basic components of a lighting ordinance.

Utah Community Development Office & Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative

Lighting Ordinance Walkthrough (Storymap)

A breakdown of what a lighting ordinance is, the different formats it may take, links to examples, and best practices.

Utah Community Development Office & Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative

CODE ENFORCEMENT: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SMALL TOWNS

Code enforcement is a critical, and overlooked aspect of successful implementation of a lighting ordinance. This guide defines code, describes why enforcement is important, and outlines actionable strategies.

Utah Community Development Office

Dark Sky Assessment Guide

This worksheet guides users through several evaluation methods which could be used for a general assessment of dark sky friendly lighting in a community.

Utah Community Development Office

Handout for planners

Are you a planner? Do you need a quick overview of dark-sky-planning principles? Then this handout is for you!

Utah Community Development Office & Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative

BEST PRACTICES IN APPROACHING COMMUNITIES

Nine steps of action for effectively approaching communities in dark sky conservation.

Crystal White & Colorado Plateau Dark Sky Cooperative

VIDEOS

Community Nomination Walkthrough (Video)

A video presentation by John Barentine, IDA, on the why’s and the how’s of becoming a Certified International Dark Sky Community.

Bruce Arlen & John Barentine

GOOD NEIGHBOR LIGHTING POLICY CONSIDERATIONS (sHORT VIDEO)

A 13 minute overview of good neighbor policy considerations including: a description of common law nuisance, the definition of light trespass, indications for how to find appropriate lighting, and illustrations on how to make good neighbor behaviors both compulsory and durable.

John Barentine, Director of Public Policy at the International Dark Sky Association

“…The bottom line for planners and elected officials is what’s good for dark skies also save money, by making sure light is used most efficiently — including the most effective ways to improve public safety.”

John Barentine, IDA Director of Public Policy