Village of Stratford, WI
Marathon County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Stratford 7-13-2010. Amendments noted where applicable.]
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The purpose of the following standards is to mitigate the impact of exterior lighting and illumination related to development on surrounding properties, particularly on residential uses.
B. 
A further purpose of this chapter is to regulate outdoor night lighting fixtures to conserve energy and to preserve and enhance the area's dark sky while providing safe, healthy, and visually attractive nighttime environments.
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In order to achieve that, good lighting design shall be practiced. Good lighting design is characterized by:
(1) 
Illumination levels appropriate for the visual task;
(2) 
Reasonably uniform illumination levels on adjoining sites;
(3) 
An absence of glare; and
(4) 
Consideration of the compatibility and aesthetics of illumination as it relates to surrounding properties and the character of the community.
The requirements of this chapter apply to all private exterior lighting within the Village, except for lighting within public rights-of-way and/or lighting located on public property.
The following standards provide uniformity in exterior lighting and illumination development within the Village:
A. 
In addition to meeting the electrical and building codes established by the State of Wisconsin, all exterior lighting shall comply with the standards set forth herein:
(1) 
Vehicular areas shall be illuminated using high cutoff luminaires which keep off-site overspill and night sky lighting to a minimum.
(2) 
Size and scale of light and luminate should match site and building scale, color, and theme.
(3) 
Location of fixtures should emphasize intersections and pedestrian access routes yet provide a uniform level of illumination.
(4) 
Location of fixtures should be lowered in pedestrian areas to emphasize the walking surface.
(5) 
All outdoor lighting for commercial, industrial, and multifamily uses shall be designed, located, and mounted so that the maximum illumination, as measured horizontally at the lot line, does not exceed 1.0 footcandle.
(6) 
Exterior lighting may not be directed upwards, except as described in § 279-4 of this chapter.
(7) 
All fixtures shall meet dark sky friendly guidelines.
B. 
Steps shall be taken to minimize glare to the maximum extent practicable, such as by orienting the lights away from abutting residential properties or planting trees to block other properties from the glare.
The following are exempt from the requirements of this chapter, to the extent described as follows:
A. 
Motion detector security lights which are normally off and which are activated on for less than four minutes occasionally when motion is detected.
B. 
In the case of state and national flags, statues, or other top-of-pole mounted objects which cannot be illuminated with downward directed lighting, upward directed lighting may be used only in the form of one or two narrow cone spotlights which confine the illumination to the object of interest, and provided that the lighting is restricted to an angle of not less than 75° up from horizontal.
All lighting fixtures existing prior to the effective date of this chapter shall be considered as legal conforming structures. All replacement fixtures shall fully comply with the requirements of this chapter.