Ivins City Council approves lighting design, standard specifications

The Ivins City Council prepares for its meeting, Ivins, Utah, June 20, 2019 | Photo by Ryann Richardson, St. George News

IVINS — The Ivins City Council voted unanimously to approve the city’s lighting design and standard specifications Thursday after weeks of discussion.

The council worked well into the evening to hear from residents and make a final decision regarding requirements for lighting around the city.

A mixture of 12-foot light poles and bollards will be used to provide more light to vehicles on the street and pedestrians in walkways and trails in urban areas.

Locations outside of the city, in what are considered rural cross sections, are exempt from the standards. The council will reassess the decision when it meets to revise its transportation master plan later this year.

Developers hoping to build in the exempt area will also be required to budget for standard lighting, as included in the amendments that were accepted.

The board members of the homeowner associations in Kayenta Village attended the meeting to express their opposition to additional lighting in their community. Joseph Ray addressed the council on behalf of the community.

Ray said after residents in Kayenta Village learned of the proposed changes, they approached members of the HOA with questions and concerns. The group of HOA board members met with Public Works Director Chuck Gillette Tuesday to discuss possible solutions and explore options.

“While these aren’t new requirements, the realization that they could and would be applied within Kayenta caused a lot of concerns among residents,” Ray said.

Residents of Kayenta Village stated the visibility of the night sky is, in part, what drew them to purchasing homes in and around the area.

Ray cited the low speed limit and lack of vehicle traffic as reasons why “streetlights are unnecessary in Kayenta and would detract from the nature of the neighborhood and the reasons many people move there.”

Members of the board acknowledged the council’s need to make a decision in order for other projects to move forward and asked the council to consider an exemption for areas to the west of Ivins, located in the rural cross section.

Kayenta Village is one of the older developments in the city, established in 1981, and Mayor Chris Hart acknowledged the lack of schools, churches, public buildings and children while addressing the board.

“It was developed under a very specific vision, which has drawn a very particular clientele,” he said. “To me, the idea of disrupting something that’s been so successful and is a huge enhancement to Ivins City … it would just be wrong to undo that.”

Hart maintained that the safety of residents and visitors is still an important aspect to recognize and suggested the use of bollards over 12-foot light poles. Ultimately, the council unanimously decided to exempt the rural cross section from lighting standards until its assessment of the transportation master plan in late 2019.

City Council’s next meeting will be July 15 at 5:30 p.m. in Ivins City Hall.

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