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In late 2008 and early 2009, a member of Arizona's astronomy community provided a report to the MAG Planners Stakeholders Group, MAG Management Committee and MAG Regional Council about issues related to outdoor light pollution in Maricopa County. It was reported that outdoor light pollution not only creates a significant waste of electricity and money, but also degrades the visibility of our night skies. This affects the world-class observatories located in the state. During the presentation, the counties, municipalities and Native nations were requested to consider revisiting the adequacy and enforcement of their respective lighting ordinances in an effort to provide quality lighting to improve visibility, save energy, and protect dark skies.

On January 14, 2009, the MAG Management Committee approved convening a Dark Sky Stakeholders Group. The purpose of the Stakeholders Group was to collect information on outdoor light pollution, review best practices in lighting codes, and to develop a model Dark Sky ordinance.

On September 7, 2011, MAG staff presented the draft Resource Guide and Report to the MAG Management Committee and updated the Committee on the outcome of the Dark Sky Stakeholders Group meetings.  The draft report, entitled Considerations for Outdoor Lighting in the MAG Region - Resource Guide and Report includes:

  • A foreword that captures the nature of the Dark Sky Stakeholders Group meetings
  • A frequently asked questions (FAQ) section
  • A draft pattern outdoor lighting code
  • Technical aspects of the draft pattern code
  • Letters from stakeholders
  • A list of participants

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