The San Antonio City Council last week approved the extension of a military lighting overlay district to cover all properties within five miles of Joint Base San Antonio Lackland and Lackland Medina Annex. The special district currently covers only properties within five miles of Camp Bullis, located just northwest of the city. Greater restrictions will apply within three miles of each facility, with lesser restrictions applying to properties three to five miles outside the facilities, according to a press release. The overlay district zoning is designed to reduce light intensity levels, glare, direction and light pollution in areas surrounding military bases in order to preserve the capability for night-time training.
“Night training is essential to the combat readiness of our military,” said Juan Ayala, director of the city’s Office of Military and Veterans’ Affairs. “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.”
Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Agustin Salazar