SAN ANTONIO (June 7, 2018) – Today, City Council approved the extension of the Military Lighting Overlay District (MLOD) to include regions around JBSA Lackland and Lackland Medina Annex, furthering the mission of Military City, USA and taking another step toward protecting San Antonio’s military bases by adding military value. The MLOD zoning was designed to reduce light intensity levels, glare, direction and light pollution in areas surrounding military bases in order to preserve night-time training exercises occurring on bases.
“Night training is essential to the combat-readiness of our military,” said Maj. Gen. Juan Ayala, USMC (Retired), director of the City of San Antonio’s Office of Military and Veterans’ Affairs. “American forces must be proficient in night-time operations to support any crisis the nation faces. Through approval of this zoning, the City of San Antonio—Military City, USA— and our community have taken tangible action to support our military missions and protect our installations.”
The City’s Development Services Department (DSD) facilitated several Task Force meetings that sought input from stakeholders, including the City, Joint Base San Antonio, area Chambers of Commerce, San Antonio Sign Association, Real Estate Council, CPS Energy and the Alamo Area Council of Governments. The Task Force proposed amendments to the existing ordinance for outdoor lighting within five miles of the perimeter of military bases.
“Our objective at Joint Base San Antonio is to facilitate the best training under the most challenging conditions and generally those conditions include operations involving limited visibility,” said Col. Lee Flemming, Deputy Commander, JBSA. We are extremely appreciative of Council and community stakeholders’ efforts to support our training initiatives and objectives. This is truly Military City, USA.”
In accordance with the SA Tomorrow Sustainability Plan, the SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan’s military goals, Joint Base San Antonio’s Joint Land Use Study and the 2015 Bexar County Ambient Lighting Study, the MLOD will extend from its current region within five miles of JBSA Camp Bullis to all properties within five miles of JBSA Lackland and Lackland Medina Annex. Greater restrictions will apply within three miles of the base, with lesser restrictions applying to properties three to five miles outside the base.
“The evaluation and expansion of the Military Lighting Overlay District was a strategy identified in the SA Tomorrow Sustainability Plan and will have a positive impact on our community’s quality of life and economic vitality,” said Douglas Melnick, the City’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “The approval today will result in reduced energy consumption and light pollution.”
For more information on San Antonio’s Military Lighting Overlay District, visit https://docsonline.sanantonio.gov/DSDUploads/MLODFAQ.pdf.