At the City Council meeting held on February 10th, city officials discussed the proposition of implementing a Dark Sky Ordinance. Public Works Director, Deston Dishion told the council members background onthe topic saying that, “A lot of cities across the entire world are a part of the movement to reduce light pollution in order to see the night sky.”
He went on to say that the proposed ordinance would allow for different zoning in Bishop depending on the levels of light pollution which can be tolerated.
There would be different zoning areas throughout town. The highest level of light pollution would be downtown of course, and then the further away from the center of the city, the darker the city would be.
“Zones make tons of sense to me. I am more than happy to pursue a Dark Skies Ordinance to see what the public thinks,” said council-member Karen Schwartz.
Stephan Muchovej also approved of the proposal. “I like the concept. Just like all the recreation opportunities we have in Bishop, the night sky is another big asset and a reason that tourists visit the area.”
The item will be up for further discussion and public comments.