Dark Skies or Not?

Submitted by Joe Bower, Sierra Canyon Homeowner

Exterior lighting has reached the point of sad ridiculousness. The photo is of trees at the Sierra Canyon Aspen Lodge.

And owners have to follow association Lighting Rules!!! What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

Only Scrooge would object to colored lights during year-end holidays. But bright white lights the rest of the year would make him jump off the Brooklyn Bridge.

Sierra Canyon is a dark sky community per the PUD that created the community. The Lighting Rules that owners must follow support this concept.

When the Lodge tree lights are on, the unique opportunity for owners to sit outside and enjoy the open and dark skies is destroyed. In addition, unwanted light penetrating house windows that face the Lodge causes dining, entertainment, and sleep disruptions. Homes will have decreased values when attempts to sell them are being made.

All this on top of motorist distraction when driving by. Safety is the Number One concern of Sierra Canyon and Somersett.

6 thoughts on “Dark Skies or Not?

  1. Here Here!

    I agree with you 110%! Please shut those lights off and respect the Dark Skies Policy.

    Thank you.

  2. Jeez Joe. We have a darks skies community where one can’t even see street intersections at night for lack of light. I kind of like being able to identify where I am at night. Yes, there’s the Lodge!

  3. This is a typical example of Government against the people who elected them:

    On November 21, 2017, Sierra Canyon Association members were sent an email from management staff as a reminder that “Sierra Canyon is a “dark sky” community” along with a copy of the rules, three of which are quoted here:

    1. Lights should be contained, with no glare and no light emitted above the horizontal plane (no upward lighting allowed).
    2. No exterior lighting that disturbs surrounding area Lot Owners allowed.
    3. We also understand that the rest of the neighborhood has a right not to have that lighting affect their quality of life either.
    Following this reminder, the administration of the Sierra Canyon Association decided to install multiple glowing white lights on 6 trees at the front of the Aspen Lodge. They are active on a nightly basis. As can be seen in the photograph, they contradict all the lighting rules the Association wants its members to follow.

    A written request to the Association president for removal of the lights by negatively affected nearby homeowners went unanswered. We know who is affected by the bright lights at night, but we do not know who benefits from them. Nighttime drivers are startled.

    Should association members now consider the “dark-sky” community rules terminated? May owners now put up any lighting they desire on their properties?

  4. Absolutely correct. Reminds me of the government we have where the politicians make rules and laws, but think they are exempt from following them. Hopefully your effort will correct this. Thank You.

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