Off by 11 p.m.: B.C. municipality considering strict rules for 'nuisance' Christmas lights
VANCOUVER -- A Metro Vancouver municipality is considering a motion Monday night that would make it illegal to leave Christmas lights on past 11 p.m.
The moton, titled "Nuisance Lighting," would further limit holiday lights in the District of North Vancouver, where they're currently only permitted from Nov. 15 to Jan. 15.
“We’ve definitely had public input, and I didn’t see a single message in favour,” said Coun. Jordan Back, who plans to vote against the motion.
Back said the district has received at least 70 emails from upset residents, and there’s been backlash online, too.
“They wonder why we aren’t focusing our attention on more important things,” he said. “These are gloomy times and people could use a little extra cheer.”
“This area of concern originated from a public workshop a year ago,” said District of North Vancouver mayor, Mike Little. “Council will have its first chance to discuss the matter in over a year.”
District records show late-night Christmas lights have received few complaints, and none at all in 2019.
“We’ve received a grand total of about three complaints over the past five years,” said Councillor Back.
Monday’s special meeting of council is virtual and begins at 7 p.m.