City Sound Control Ordinance Goes Into Effect In 30 Days

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A controversial Downtown Sound Control Ordinance will go into effect in 30 days after being approved by the City Council on second reading.

Councilwoman Carol Berz said she believes it is a good ordinance, but not a perfect one, and that it should be under continual review for possible revisions.

The ordinance itself calls for it to be examined at the end of the first year.

Councilman Larry Grohn questioned the cost of extra sound equipment devices that will be needed to monitor the sound at downtown clubs. City Attorney Wade Hinton said some new devices will be needed, but he did not know the cost.

The section focuses on the Southside and the Chattanooga Choo, where Track 29 has drawn complaints from some nearby residents. The Choo Choo is planning on opening additional clubs.

The ordinance allows higher noise levels in the club district.   

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