I pay attention to local politics and particularly issues like light trespass, etc. But I completely missed this one!!!
Chelan County just started requiring that all short-term rentals apply for a county permit. One of the requirements was that applicants review CURRENT local codes for compliance with signing, etc.
There hidden in plain sight under Section 11.88.080 Light and Glare.....
11.88.080 Light and glare.
Parking lot lights, security lights, or any exterior lighting shall be low-intensity, nonflashing and designed to project toward the property or shall be shielded to keep light from directly projecting over property lines. (Res. 2020-68 (Exh. B) (part), 6/16/20: Res. 2007-98 (part), 7/2/07: Res. 2001-60 (part), 4/17/01: Res. 2000-129 (part), 10/17/00).
I spoke to a county planner and was told that, yes that check list is given to developers, but they did NOT check for compliance.
I pointed out that the last two subdivisions built around my house ALL were build with non-compliant lighting. Fair enough, I asked that they add a sentence that IDA certified light fixtures meet Chelan County's Light and Glare code requirements to the developers check list.
The answer was NO. There is a complaint procedure, that is not taken seriously by the planning department.
So there is a CODE that is not enforced. Probably similar to other communities throughout the nation.
The question is where to go from here??
She suggested contacting Home Depot, Lowes and asking them to put up a sign stating that ONLY IDA certified fixtures meet Chelan County code.
Does anybody have any other ideas on how to proceed?? I thought of making a public issue by filing a complaint AGAINST THE COUNTY and their lighting practices and get media coverage that way.
The trick is to get the code enforced, without having it repealed in the backlash.