On February 18, 2014, staff presented a draft for a new Noise Ordinance (Chapter 108.1 of the County Code) to the Board of Supervisors’ Development Process Committee. The overall goal of the proposed Noise Ordinance is to minimize nighttime noise and guarantee residents a certain level of quietness within their homes. The proposed new Noise Ordinance would replace both the existing Noise Ordinance (Chapter 108) and the existing Excessive Sound Generation in Residential Areas and Dwellings provisions (Article 6 of Chapter 5 of the County Code). The Excessive Sound Generation in Residential Districts provisions were adopted by the Board on December 3, 2013 and a brief description of the amendment is located here.
Among other things, the new Noise Ordinance prohibits certain noises and exempts certain other noises. A summary chart showing the applicability of the proposed Noise Ordinance has also been prepared.
In order to obtain feedback on the proposed new Noise Ordinance, the following public meetings have been scheduled and all are invited to attend and make comments:
- Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 7 – 9 p.m. at South County Government Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22309, in the Main Conference Room (SCC221)
- Monday, May 12, 2014 from 7 – 9 p.m. at Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035 in the Board Auditorium
- Monday, May 19, 2014 from 7 – 9 p.m. at Lemon Road Elementary School, 7230 Idylwood Road, Falls Church, VA 22043 in the school cafeteria
In addition to the proposed Noise Ordinance and as requested by the Board, staff will solicit input at these public meetings on staff’s proposal to address Group Assembly in Residential Dwellings.
( Source: Fairfax County http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/zoning/noiseordinance/ )