Exterior Lighting

Genesee Foundation strives to be a dark skies community. Please read the regulations carefully to ensure you are compliant.

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When the community of Genesee was conceived over four decades ago, it was done with the intent of offering people the unique opportunity to live while surrounded by nature and beauty. The natural environment of Genesee is unique. One of the three principles in the ARC Mission Statement is that all improvements to our properties should complement the natural mountain environment. This includes our expansive starry skies made visible because of the lack of glow radiating from lighting within our community. Preserving the beautiful night skies has been a priority and integral part of Genesee from the beginning, and we each witness this every time we drive our roads after dark. The designers of Genesee intentionally omitted street lights.

Approval will be based on the

  • Visual impact of the lights on the Lot, neighboring Lots, Dwellings, roads and Open Space.
  • Exterior lighting shall be subdued. Subdued lighting is defined as light fixtures with low wattage lamps installed for the purpose of illuminating entrances, decks and driveways.
  • Acceptable fixture types include fully recessed down lights, low voltage landscape lighting, step lighting or pathway lighting and wall bracket lights with a completely shielded light source.
  • To preserve the dark skies, the upper portion of globe-type or similar fixtures shall be shielded so as to prevent excess light from escaping upwards.

The Supplementary Declaration provides: “No permanent exterior lighting of any sort shall be installed or maintained on any dwelling or other improvement on a Lot, the light source of which is visible from a neighboring Lot or Lots, roads or Open Space or “which lighting is not otherwise in conformity with” these Standards. Flood or spotlights are prohibited. Motion detectors when used should have a timer which automatically turns said lights off with in sixty seconds of end of motion. Outdoor lights should be on a timer or turned off when not in use.

Please see section 2.3.11. Exterior Lighting of the ARC Standards.