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File #: 21-3338   
Type: Staff Briefing - Without Ordinance
In control: Culture and Neighborhood Services Committee
On agenda: 5/4/2021
Posting Language: Briefing and discussion of a Council Consideration Request (CCR) to review and potentially bring forward amendments to Chapter 21 Article III of the San Antonio Code that allow SAPD to enforce noise violations.
Attachments: 1. CCR - Creation of a Noise Ordinance Task Force
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DEPARTMENT: Development Services Department


DEPARTMENT HEAD: Michael Shannon


COUNCIL DISTRICTS IMPACTED: All


SUBJECT: Proposed Noise Ordinance Task Force

Briefing and discussion of a Council Consideration Request (CCR) to review and potentially bring forward amendments to Chapter 21 Article III of the San Antonio Code that allow SAPD to enforce noise violations.

SUMMARY:

On March 15, 2021, Councilmembers Robert Trevino & Clayton Perry initiated a Council Consideration Request (CCR) for Development Services 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.

This item was presented to the Governance Committee on April 21, 2021 and their recommendation is for staff to create a Noise Ordinance Task Force as identified in the CCR and to present recommendations to the Cultural and Neighborhood Committee.
The charge of the Noise Ordinance Task Force will be 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 availability of food, beverage and/or entertainment businesses near neighborhoods has had a positive cultural impact as well as stabilized property values. It has also presented unique challenges that affect residents qualify of life. The neighbors of these food/beverage/entertainment areas include but are not limited to: King William, Oak Park - Northwood and Tobin hill.

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