Agenda Item 5
Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney
Bill 6-10, Noise Control- Arts and Entertainment Activities
recommendation: enact with amendments.
Bill 6-10, Noise Control
Arts and Entertainment Activities, sponsored by
Councilmember EIrich and then-Council President Floreen, was introduced on March 2, 2010. A
public hearing was held on March 23, 2010, at which the only speakers were representatives of
Strathmore Hall Foundation and the Greater Capital Area Association of Realtors (see testimony,
The first Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and
Environment Committee worksession on this Bill was held on November 22,2010, at which the
Committee recommended enactment of this Bill with comprehensive amendments, summarized
and discussed below. The Bill with Committee amendments had been scheduled for Council
action on November 30, but was dropped from the agenda to allow Councilmembers to resolve
outstanding issues. At a second Committee worksession, held on March 28, 2011, the
Committee deleted one of the major amendments it had inserted at its first worksession and
recommended other amendments, described below. The major amendment the Committee
deleted at its second worksession is now the subject, in revised form, of Expedited Bill 16-11,
which is scheduled to be introduced on May 18.
As introduced, Bill 6-10 would set different noise level standards for
certain seasonal arts and entertainment activities.
would also exempt noise levels created by
those seasonal arts and entertainment activities, up to a higher maximum level, from being
treated as a noise disturbance. In addition, a potential homebuyer would be notified about
certain seasonal arts and entertainment activities near those areas.
As introduced, this Bill would allow a performing arts facility (such as, but not limited to,
Strathmore Hall) which conducts at least 5 outdoor arts and entertainment activities (such as
concerts or films) each year to, at its option, annually file a noise mitigation plan with the