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Moab UT (at City Hall)
38O34’ N Latitude
109O33’ W Longitude
4048 ft - 1234 m

Be Neighbor Friendly: Let’s Talk About Outdoor Lighting
By Linn DeNesti


Sunrise-Sunset for May
(The time of sunrise and sunset assumes a flat horizon.
Actual time may vary depending upon the landscape.)




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5:55 am

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Recently, a brochure was mailed to residents and businesses in the City of Moab and Grand County about the outdoor lighting ordinances passed last year. As a small community, we can approve effective ordinances that benefit the whole, but how do we help each other as neighbors when it comes to assessing our outdoor lighting? No one wants to accuse their neighbor of creating a problem, so it’s essential to build trusting relationships from the bottom up.

First, make an effort to get to know your neighbors. Are they part-time residents or long-time locals? If we have even casual relationships with those who live next-door and on our street, we’re more likely to be able to approach a conversation to problem-solve an outdoor lighting issue that floods your back yard or causes you to lose sleep.

Second, be observant and establish common ground if possible, whether it’s bird watching, having kids the same age, or gardening. Once conversations begin, doors to sharing other interests and concerns can open. You might mention that you noticed their motion lights stay on for hours then offer to help adjust the sensor. Or you can help your neighbor find solutions to their lighting needs. Maybe it only requires a change in habits: turn lights on only when needed, illuminate areas with no more light than necessary, and dim or turn off the lights during late-night hours. A thoughtful, helpful attitude goes a long way in building friendly bonds.

Finally, encourage neighbors to join you in coming up with ideas that bring everyone closer together. If you have a neighbor who goes away for weeks and leaves their outdoor lights on, this might be a good time to establish a “neighborhood watch” as a way of helping the entire neighborhood feel more secure while using compliant lighting. You may find that once you have some real needs and friendly, supportive ways to connect, the conversation about outdoor lighting will be more productive.

The most important thing about helping to problem-solve is to be willing to create a positive point of entry into your relations with neighbors. Many times, a neighbor didn’t realize their lights were on all night, or their motion sensor was broken. When a problem gets resolved, express your thanks. Showing appreciation helps to cement trust and create friendships and better lighting in our neighborhoods.

We’re here to help! For more information, lighting assistance, or for lighting and retrofitting resources, please contact:
• Grand County Community and Economic Development Department – Mila Dunbar-Irwin – – 435-259-1343
• Moab City Planning Department – Cory Shurtleff –

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May 7 - Full Moon at 4:45 pm
May 29 - First Quarter at 9:29 pm

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