Meeting on Proposed Noise Ordinance
Citizens May Provide Additional Feedback
October 21, 2013
As part of ongoing outreach to collect citizen feedback regarding the proposed City noise ordinance, the City of Tallahassee will host a community meeting on Monday, Oct. 28, from 6-8 p.m. at the Women's Club of Tallahassee, located at 1513 Cristobal Drive.
Following court rulings in December 2012 that repealed the City's use of state statutes to regulate noise levels, staff began drafting a local noise ordinance to address citizen concerns. The proposed ordinance identifies sound levels based on the time of day and the location within the city. It also allows law enforcement to issue warnings and citations and to regulate special events for noise that exceeds certain decibel levels.
"Many residents have taken an active interest in the proposed ordinance and already met with staff or visited the website to complete the online survey," said Cassandra Jackson, Interim Assistant City Manager for Transportation and Development. "This community meeting is an opportunity for us to further engage residents, helping to ensure that any new policy appropriately reflects the needs of our entire community." Jackson added that without an ordinance, the City does not have the legal ability to address noise issues.
With direction from the City Commission, staff began meeting with neighborhood and business associations this summer to encourage City residents to review and provide comments on the draft ordinance. Additionally, nearly 2,000 people have taken the online survey, which provides an opportunity for individuals to review a summary of the proposed ordinance, read it in its entirety and submit their comments and feedback online.
The meeting will have an open house format. Area residents and business owners can drop by anytime from 6-8 p.m. to ask questions and provide feedback on the proposed ordinance. City staff will be available to provide information and collect feedback regarding specific aspects of the proposed ordinance, including the new sound test meter and how it will be used for enforcement and the designated Special Entertainment Areas outlined in the proposed ordinance.
Feedback will be collected until November 1. City staff will use the information collected to make any needed adjustments to the ordinance prior to bringing it before the City Commission for consideration in early 2014.
For more information on the proposed noise ordinance, visit Talgov.com. Questions can also be addressed by staff in the City Attorney's Office at 891-8554 or Noise.Ordinance@talgov.com.
Carrie Poole, Department of Communications, 891-8533; or Shaw Stiller, City Attorney's Office, 891-8554