Outdoor lighting regulations are on the Rosenberg Planning Commission agenda.

At Wednesday’s meeting, planning commission members will discuss strengthening the regulations.

The existing lighting regulations are limited to commercial and multi-family parking areas and regulate hours of operation, the requirement of photo sensor systems, and that all lighting must be confined on the premises.

City staff has compiled potential additions to the ordinance for review below:

No flood lights should be mounted on buildings except for wall packs on the rear of buildings.

Lighting should be low-key and the placement of fixtures shall coincide with major walkway areas.

Site structure lighting should be illuminated with a concealed, stationary shielded light source.

Outdoor lighting should be designed so that the lighting is deflected, shaded and focused away from adjacent properties.

Spotlights and floodlights elevated above the ground on poles, buildings, or other structures and used for area lighting should be adjusted so that their axis of illumination is at an angle not greater than 20 degrees measured from the vertical line between the fixture and the ground. This does not apply to outdoor recreational facilities.

Lastly, the addition of a requirement for a photometric analysis is recommended. The applicant must supply one to show that there is no property line “spillover” of lighting.

In other business, commission members will review front parking setback requirements.

Currently, the city has a 10-foot parking setback requirement from rights-of-way.

It has been previously discussed by the commission if the setbacks should be increased if they contain a utility easement. For example, if the setback requirement is 10 feet, but there is also a 10-foot utility easement adjacent to the road, the setback could be increased so it is a true landscaped area not containing a utility easement.

The meeting is slated for Wednesday at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 2110 Fourth St.

Commission meetings are open to the public and citizens are encouraged to attend.

Citizens will be allowed to attend commission meetings, but must first be screened for symptoms associated with COVID-19, including a temperature check; and must wear a protective mask while in Rosenberg City Hall.

Rosenberg City Council member Jacob Balderas and Rosenberg residents George Zepeda, Pete Pavlovsky, John Anders, Sergio Villagomez and Anthony Sulak serve on the commission.

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