Excessive lighting on an individual site can create a glow that tends to obscure the night sky and stars, and results in a community that is more urban and less rural. In order to maintain the rural, tranquil character of Portola Valley, a minimal approach should be taken to outside lighting.
The Town has approved lighting guidelines (see Design Guidelines
document) that provide insight and guidance into appropriate plans for exterior lighting of a structure and/or property. In addition to the Design Guidelines, the Town's "Conservation Guide for Portola Valley Residents" has a section on Night Skies. The Conservation Guide is available in print at Town Hall.What the Town Does:
How You Can Help:
Use minimal outdoor lighting, maintained under manual control, not with motion sensors or times
Direct outdoor illumination toward the ground
Avoid use of lights to accent outdoor architectural features