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Town Council to Review Ordinance on Decorative Outdoor Lights at Tuesday’s Meeting

  • 9 September 2015

The Vail Town Council will review first reading of an ordinance that would establish time periods for use of decorative outdoor lights at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept.15. The item is listed fifth on the agenda which begins at 6 p.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers with opportunities for public comment.

Ordinance No. 12, Series of 2015, was drafted at the Town Council’s request to add definitions and time periods to Vail’s outdoor lighting regulations to address a growing number of light pollution complaints in residential neighborhoods. Because the use of decorative outdoor lights is currently unregulated, the purpose of the ordinance is to address a number of shortcomings identified by the town staff.

As proposed, the draft ordinance would allow decorative outdoor lights to be illuminated in residential neighborhoods between the hours of 4 and 11 p.m. daily during the winter season which is described as November 15 through May 15 annually. Decorative outdoor lights illuminated in commercial areas and decorative outdoor lights illuminated on town-owned public property would remain unregulated. In addition, decorative outdoor light displays, whether in residential neighborhoods or commercial areas, would not be subject to design review. 

The draft ordinance will be reviewed by the Planning and Environmental Commission at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 14, with the PEC recommendation forwarded to the Town Council for consideration at Tuesday’s meeting.

To review the draft ordinance in its entirety, visit the town’s website at

Contact: George Ruther, 970-479-2145
Community Development Director


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