District of West Vancouver has issued bylaw contravention notices to a contractor in Horseshoe Bay for keeping the strobe lights on and shining towards the nearby retirement home.
West has issued two bylaw notices to the Sewell’s Landing contractor after reviewing the photos submitted by concerned citizens that show lights shining towards 6645 Nelson Avenue, well after they should have been switched off.
The action by West Van bylaw comes after residents complained that they have been exposed to the light pollution for the last two years.
“The elderly residence of Libby Lodge in Horseshoe Bay has been exposed to massive amounts of light pollution from our neighbor’s contractor for over two years. The bylaws department have done nothing that stops the contractors disgusting and disrespectful behavior,” said the resident who wrote the letter to the district. The district doesn’t provide the names of those who write to the municipality.
“I am confident that the contractor can light up what they need lite up without any floodlights aiming directly into our apartments. This has been explained to bylaws repeatedly. So my question is why are bylaws not able to get the simplest request done?”
The resident sent pictures of the lights switched on at night to the bylaw, claiming there were several pictures taken over the past two years.
“The work is going to take at least two more years. Please instruct bylaws to get the contractor to redirect the light fixtures and tone down the night light intensity. Please stop this extremely disrupting and disrespectful behavior,” the resident wrote.
Bylaw officers initially met the site supervisor in October and pointed out that the lights should be shut off at the end of the work day. The official advised the contactor use a light timer, but the contractor said those could be bypassed and said that lights will be shut off at the end of work day.
On November 14, however, bylaw officer attended the site after residents complained again. An officer attended the site and confirmed two unshielded floodlights were left on at the site shining into the properties at 6645 Nelson Avenue causing a nuisance.
The property owner as well as contractor were contacted and advised of the contravention and issued a Bylaw Notice for fail to shield or deflect outdoor light.
Four days later, bylaw issued yet another notice for contravention.
Kasia Chase, a senior bylaw officer with District of West Vancouver, told residents the contractor has promised to work with the Bylaw and Licensing Department to bring the lighting on site into compliance with the Good Neighbour Bylaw.