Noisy Restaurants Prompt Noise Ordinance Proposal

Every few years, some downtown restaurant or bar plays music way too loudly way too late at night. Citizens get angry, a result of the ineffective noise ordinance, and City Council finally agrees to do something about it. The restaurant gets upset and says it’s not fair that they’re being targeted. Then the restaurant capitulates — or goes out of business — and the ordinance never passes. Repeat.

The cycle has begun anew. This time, as Dave McNair writes for The Hook, four businesses’ noisy nights have led the city to consider tightening up its noise ordinance. The Buddhist Biker Bar, Outback Lodge, LaTaza and Saxx have all annoyed enough of their neighbors with late-night music that the city figures they should just enact a blanket nighttime decibel restriction on restaurants and bars. The plan is to stick with the existing 75db limit, but make it run from 10pm-6m, seven days a week, rather than the narrower window that varies by day of week that’s the existing standard.

7 thoughts on “Noisy Restaurants Prompt Noise Ordinance Proposal”

  1. That’s great. But just think how much farther a SMOKING BAN would go towards making Charlottesville a great place to live for all of our citizenses.

    Not that I’m trying to stir anything up.

  2. Hmm… given that the noise ordinance is never enforced I don’t see what changing the ordinance will accomplish.

    I’m talking from experience: I called the cops several time to complain about a neighbor and the cops never showed up.

  3. I’m okay with a stricter noise ordinance, as long as it applies to Capshaw’s Palace(aka Charlottesville Pavilion). Some Belmont friends tell me they still had problems last year after it was supposedly “fixed.”

  4. You people trust the politians a lot more than I do. There are special groups who want a law passed against everything. PETA doesn’t want ANY animal killed for food. A lot of people want a smokeing ban. Some want a noise ban. Some want a light ban (orange has one). Gordnsville doesn’t allow any stores to be open 24 hrs. Some want fast food outlawed. Some want plenty of water but oppose any way to get more. Some don’t anyone to shoot their guns. Some want to give illeagle aliens to have a drivers lisens. Some want to ignore the fact they are breaking the law by being here. Police and politians take a outh to inforce the laws of this country. Yet they only enforce the laws they argee with. I was in viet nam in 1967 fighting for freedom. I think I will have to fight HERE for MY freedom every year the politians pass 100s of new laws . Just how much of your life do you want the politians to control. I bet they go no bed at night and all of a sudden sit stright up in the bed I just thought of a new law or something else we cal tax. PEOPLE GET A LIFE MAKE A FEW DECISIONS ON YOUR OWN WITHOUT IT BEING A LAW.

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