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File #: 21-2937   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Governance Committee
On agenda: 4/21/2021
Posting Language: Briefing and possible action on a Council Consideration Request (CCR) from Councilmembers Trevino and Perry for creation of a Noise Ordinance Task Force to review and make recommendations to the Noise Ordinance, Chapter 21 Article III, of City Code. [Roderick J. Sanchez, Assistant City Manager; Michael Shannon, Director, Development Services Department]
Attachments: 1. CCR - Creation of a Noise Ordinance Task Force
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DEPARTMENT: Development Services


DEPARTMENT HEAD: Michael Shannon


COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: City Wide


SUBJECT:

Proposed Noise Ordinance Task Force


SUMMARY:

On March 15, 2021, Councilmembers Robert Trevino and Clayton Perry initiated a Council Consideration Request (CCR) for City staff to review the City Code, to adjust the noise ordinance so it is easy to understand and enforce, and so residents can have a peaceful quiet enjoyment of their home without having to resort to filing a complaint on their commercial neighbors.
The Noise Ordinance Task Force is to complete a review of the Noise Ordinance Chapter 21 Article III of the City of San Antonio Code and make recommendations on areas to include, but not limited to:
? Noise thresholds (dB levels)
? Hours specifying dB thresholds
? Hours of enforcement
? Enforcement entities and processes
? Low frequency noise (e.g. bass and sub-bass frequencies)
? Vibration
? Penalties
? "Entertainment zones," zoning overlays, and other provisions which may govern noise
in and near residential (planning)



BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

The presence of entertainment venues and establishments in neighborhoods presents unique challenges that impact the quality of life for residents in neighborhoods such as King William, Oak Park - Northwood and Tobin Hill.

The San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) is primarily responsible for enforcement of the ordinance as a result of the significant number of reported violations that occur late at night and early morning hours. The SAPD works in coordination with the Development Services Department's Code Enforcement to address noise ordinance violations during the day and as needed on a case-by-case basis.

ISSUE:

The San Antonio Police Department works in collaboration with the Development Services Department to address noise ordinance violations. Noise complaints are primarily investigated by SAPD SAFFE and Vice units. SAPD maintains an inventory of 29 noise meters ...

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