Village of Matinecock, NY
Nassau County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Matinecock 4-18-2000 by L.L. No. 1-2000. Amendments noted where applicable.]
No person, firm or corporation, their agents, servants or employees, shall install, operate or maintain on private property in the village any exterior light, lamp or other artificial illumination which is not in compliance with § 93-2.
A. 
All exterior lights, lamps and other artificial illumination ("exterior lighting") shall be arranged, placed, oriented and operated with the required wattage, reflectors, refractors and screening that will ensure:
(1) 
The light beam or any part thereof will not project beyond the property line of the premises of the owner or occupant.
(2) 
The light emitted will not be directed at or towards an adjoining property or residence on an adjoining property.
(3) 
The light source will be oriented, hooded and shielded to the degree necessary and equipped with the minimum wattage so that glare from the light source will not be an unreasonable nuisance to the adjoining property. For purposes of this chapter, lighting glare shall constitute an unreasonable nuisance to an adjoining property if the light projected exceeds 0.2 of a footcandle at any point on the adjoining property in the R-5A (five acre) and the R-2A (two acre) Zoning Districts. In the R-15 (15,000 square feet) and the R-10 (10,000 square feet) Zoning Districts, the projected light may not exceed 1.0 footcandle. In the Business Zoning District the projected light on adjoining, nonresidential areas may not exceed five footcandles. If the business property faces a residential property, the residential limits take precedence.
(4) 
No light shall be directed upon any surface which shall reflect the beam beyond the property line of the premises of the owner or occupant. Light overspill shall not create shadowing discernible without instruments on any residentially zoned premises.
(5) 
Exterior lighting controlled by automatic controls shall turn off after 10 minutes or shall not operate after 11:00 p.m. The mounting height of any exterior light shall not exceed 20 feet.
(6) 
No exterior light shall be placed so as to shed light directly upon any public street so as to interfere with motorists' vision or otherwise affect safe driving conditions on any street.
B. 
No flashing, fluorescent or neon exterior lights shall be permitted in any residential district. Holiday lighting, comprised of string lighting and other illuminated articles, shall be permitted only during the traditional holiday period, or when not visible from the roadway or adjoining property.
No exterior lighting used to illuminate a residential entrance sign shall be permitted when the light used for illumination is reflected on any adjoining property or roadway.
Any exterior lighting presently installed on the effective date of this chapter in violation of the above standards shall be brought into compliance with the provisions hereof within six months thereafter.
The Zoning Board of Appeals of the village, after a public hearing, may grant variances from the requirements of this chapter pursuant to its authority to grant variances under the Village Law.