Dec 05, 2012
Today at General Committee, staff presented a Nuisance Lighting By-law, regulating direct
or indirect lighting
causing glare or trespass lighting for Council consideration.
According to the Corporate Report, the by-law applies stricter lighting controls on buildings
adjacent to residential properties. Currently, Property Standards By-law 654-98 requires that
lighting fixtures are installed and maintained to prevent the light source from shining
directly into residential property. Under the new by-law, indirect and ambient light will be
ensure reasonable use of outdoor lighting;
control light pollution; and
reduce glare and control unwanted spill on to other properties.
The by-law will be investigated and enforced in the same manner as the Nuisance Noise by-law.
Due to the subjective nature of the by-law, complainants will be required to provide evidence
and be willing to testify in court, said Mickey Frost, director, Enforcement. On a first
conviction a fine of up to $10,000 for individuals and $50,000 for corporations could
Temporary exemptions, similar to noise exemptions, will be available via application. General
exemptions have been outlined in the draft by-law, which can be viewed at http://www.mississauga.ca/file/COM/GC_Agenda_Dec52012.pdf.
The by-law will go before Council for final adoption on December 12.
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and more than 54,000
businesses, including more than 60 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major
divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the
shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading
Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan,
delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.
Alexis Fung Fook
Public Affairs Consultant