If you’re interested in learning about Dark Skies, we’ll be having an introductory presentation at our next planning commission study session 6 p.m. Wednesday in the City Council Chambers, 100 Avenida Presidio. This is an open meeting and anyone is welcome to attend.
Dark Skies is a global movement focused on reducing the amount of light pollution that communities produce. Many municipalities have implemented or are planning to implement Dark Skies measures.
San Clemente’s next General Plan--a package of zoning and land use ordinaces that will set the course of development for years--will include policies that reduce our light pollution to take advantage of our unique location to return our night skies to a more natural state.
The goals of Dark Skies are to:
- Bring out the natural beauty of the night sky
- Reduce energy waste
- Decrease municipal expenses
- Increase health and safety
- Improve the natural environment for our ocean and open spaces.
Planning commission study sessions are informal public meetings used to educate the planning commission and other citizens on new initiatives, the progress of existing programs, and other city concerns. They are usually held before the regular planning commission meeting.