Buda surveys possibility of Dark Sky designation

The prospect of ecotourism is leading Buda’s sustainability commission to survey the city for the potential of becoming a Dark Sky Community.

That move comes after commission members in July discussed plans for Buda to possibly apply for Dark Sky designation.

Wimberley, Dripping Springs and Horseshoe Bay are the only three cities in Texas that are certified Dark Sky Communities, which is granted by the International Dark Sky Association.

To qualify, the City of Buda will have to pass the association’s requirements for environmentally-responsible outdoor lighting, which allows residents and travelers to easily view the stars. Lighting requirements impact public property only and exclude schools and street lamps.

The designation would allow the city to project its status, which city officials say would partner well with “Buda’s breathe easy here” mantra and will attract ecotourism to the area along with providing current residents a clear view of the atmosphere.

Sustainability commissioners plan to divide the city into sections, with each commission member responsible for surveying that area.

Commissioners will look at lighting in city parks, residential areas, retail areas and municipal buildings.

Additional information regarding the survey was not available as of press time.

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