The Aiken Planning Commission unanimously recommended a zoning ordinance amendment regarding exterior lights in planned commercial and institutional zones on Tuesday.

Planning Director Ed Evans said the zoning ordinance regarding exterior lighting will go forward to City Council for final approval, and no one from the audience stood to speak against or for the ordinance during the meeting. Exterior lighting under the zoning ordinance would also include lighting for emergency purposes.

The amendment proposed that the original ordinance be amended to allow additional types of exterior lighting other than incandescent, fluorescent, mercury vapor, metal halide or high-pressure sodium used for white or off-white light.

Since 2004, when City Council adopted the current zoning amendments regarding exterior lighting, additional lights have been brought to the market.

This new amendment would allow future businesses, like the Holiday Inn Express currently under construction off Whiskey Road on Stratford Drive, to use LED lights on its property.

Council will hold the zoning ordinance for a first reading at its Monday, April 28 meeting at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Building, located at 214 Park Ave.

In other businesses, Planning Commission unanimously recommended two annexation requests, one located at 114 Glenn Place and the other from the City of Aiken at 911 Murrah Ave.

Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard. An Atlanta native, she has a mass communications-journalism degree with the University of North Carolina Asheville.