A Maui County Council bill that would prohibit common types of outdoor lighting is raising concerns with the County of Maui Department of the Corporation Counsel.
Bill 21 would regulate all outdoor lighting fixtures, including swimming pool and decorative lighting, and would require that all lights to be light emitting diode (LED) fixtures that are down directed, fully shielded and mounted as low as physically possible. The bill purports to protect Native Hawaiian birds by limiting light trespass and reflection off of ground surfaces.
The bill, introduced by Councilmember Kelly King, is set for adoption on first reading during the County Council’s meeting on Tuesday, June 21. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. on BlueJeans at https://maui.bluejeans.com/295235670
According to the Department of the Corporation Counsel, the bill, if passed, would:
Citing concerns with both the County’s ability to comply and enforce the proposed measure, the Department of the Corporation Counsel submitted a memo to the Council detailing the reasons why the bill was not approved as to legality. The memo offers a replacement draft bill that achieves the same environmental policy goals while being enforceable and retaining existing exemptions for common residential and business lighting.
Under Councilmember King’s proposed bill, lighting would have to be shielded and filtered LED, which means that no light could be directed beyond the horizontal plane and lighting cannot emit more than 2 percent blue light. The required filters are not available to the general public, and no industry standards exist for such filters. Lighting that would be non-compliant include string lights, uplighting, and use flood lights.
Those interested in the proposed bill may view it in its entirety on the Council’s Tuesday, June 21, agenda, at www.mauicounty.us or at the following link: https://mauicounty.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=10984684&GUID=F419F42D-3105-4589-8444-36C3AE6D1722
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