Canopy lighting at gas stations
Salisbury City Council has amended the Land Development Ordinance as it relates to canopy lighting at gas stations.
With the change, gas stations must use recessed lighting fixtures under the canopy, not exceed 50 foot candles of light underneath the canopy and not exceed one foot candle of light at the property line.
In the past, the ordinance had a requirement that light not exceed 10 foot candles at the canopy’s edge.
Jay Dees, a Salisbury attorney who has represented gas stations in several counties, said he was for the change.
Canopy lighting is really a safety and consumer issue, and having a well-lighted station visible from the highway is important for the businesses, Dees said.