Corvallis, Oregon

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See section 4.2.80





Pursuant to City Council Policy 91-9.04, “The City of Corvallis is interested in well shielded, energy efficient street lighting sources that direct the light source downward where it is needed, not up or sideways where it is wasted and causes glare, light trespass, and bright skies.”

All developers shall submit a proposed lighting plan for approval that meets the functional security needs of the proposed land use without adversely affecting adjacent properties or the community. This criteria is satisfied upon compliance with the provisions listed below and shall be substantiated by the applicant’s submittal of the necessary information to demonstrate compliance, such as information including but not limited to manufacturers’ specifications:

  1. For safety purposes, lighting shall be provided in all areas designed to include pedestrian activities, such as streets, sidewalks, multi-use paths, parking lots, buildings, and plazas.

  2. With the exception of lighting for public streets, which is maintained by the City through a contract with an electric company, all other lighting used to illuminate streets, buildings, sidewalks, multi-use paths, parking lots, plazas, or the landscape, shall be evaluated during the plan review process associated with requests for permits.

  3. Site lighting that may be confused with warning, emergency, or traffic signals is prohibited.

  4. Light sources shall be concealed or shielded to the maximum extent feasible to minimize the potential for glare and unnecessary diffusion on adjacent property. Compliance with this provision shall be demonstrated by ensuring that, when evaluated from a point four ft. above the ground, bulbs of light fixtures are not visible from adjacent property.

  5. All new Subdivision street lights and future street-light luminaire replacements within the existing street-light system shall be flat-lens fully shielded luminaires.

  6. Standard placement of street lights shall be at intersections, in the middle of long blocks, and in dead end streets and long Cul-de-sacs.

  7. Background spaces such as parking lots shall be illuminated as unobtrusively as possible to meet the functional needs of safe circulation and of protecting people and property. Foreground spaces, such as building entrances and plaza seating areas, shall use local lighting that defines the space without glare.