Dark Skies Initiative and Updates

Dark Skies Initiative and Updates


Odessa-Midland's NewsWest 9 recently featured Alpine's role in supporting the Greater Big Bend International Dark Sky Reserve! The City of Alpine extends sincere thanks to McDonald Observatory for partnering with the City and surrounding local governments to be part of such a phenomenal designation. To view the news story, please visit:

Dark Skies Initiative makes progress in preserving our night sky

Photo Courtesy of McDonald Observatory.

The City approved the updated Outdoor Lighting Ordinance in July of 2021. Residents of the City have 5 years from this time to become compliant with the new Outdoor Lighting requirements. The City Manager sent letters to businesses in January 2023 reminding business owners of the updated requirements and timeline to achieve compliance. 

To view our Outdoor Lighting Ordinance, please visit our Code of Ordinances

The City also thanks Big Bend Conservation Alliance, with the gracious support of individual donors, for administering the Light Exchange Program in the City of Alpine. Thanks to Big Bend Conservation Alliance's Serious Starlight program, residents of Alpine are able to apply for a free dark-sky compliant light fixture in lieu of other non-compliant AEP light structures on their property.