TO:              Members of the Board of Supervisors


FROM:         John Shepherd, Manager of Zoning Administration


DATE:          June 26, 2008


SUBJECT:   ZTA-2008-001 ZTA to Provide for a Waiver of Light Pole Height


This ordinance would amend section by adding poles that support outdoor luminaires for lighting athletic facilities as a class of structures that are exempt from district height regulations, provided that a modification is approved by the Planning Commission.  It would also amend section 4.17.5 to establish procedural and substantive requirements for the Commission to modify the height of such poles.


On June 3, 2008 the Planning Commission reviewed and recommended that the Board approve this proposal. In the course of the Commission’s consideration of this proposal, Marcia Joseph noted that Dr. Philip Ianna, of the U.Va Astronomy Department had provided expert consultation during the drafting of the lighting ordinance and asked for his opinion on this amendment. Since then, Dr. Ianna has reviewed the amendment and offered this supportive comment:


“The changes are very definitely to the good, since taller poles yield a better design with lower glare to players, increasing safety, and minimize light trespass beyond the playing area, helping compliance with property line illuminance requirements.”


Thank you for your consideration of ZTA-2008-001. The staff report, the Planning Commission action memorandum, the Planning Commission minutes and Dr. Ianna’s e-mail are attached. 



View Exec Summary/Staff Report and attachments

PC Action Memo

PC minutes

Email from Dr. Ianna, UVA Astronomy

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