March 23, 2010
Faden, Senior Legislative Attorney
Hearing: Bill 6-10, Noise Control
Arts and Entertainment Activities
Noise Control - Arts and Entertainment Activities, sponsored by
Councilmember EIrich and Council President Floreen, was introduced on March 2, 2010. A
Transportation, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment Committee (T&E) worksession will be
scheduled at a later date.
Bill 6-10 would set different noise level standards for certain arts and entertainment
would also exempt certain noise levels created by certain arts and entertainment
activities from being treated as a noise disturbance. In addition, a potential homebuyer would be
given a notice about certain arts and entertainment activities near those areas.
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 file a noise mitigation plan with the Department of Environmental Protection
(DEP). DEP would review but would not approve the plan. The facility would then be subject
to a higher maximum noise level from April through October 75 dBA versus the normal 65
(nighttime) levels that apply to residential areas. If an arts facility conducts
fewer than 5 outdoor events, it could apply for an event-by-event waiver under the current law
and would not have to file a plan.
This packet contains:
Legislative Request Report
Fiscal Impact Statement
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