Bend City Council will discuss the city’s noise ordinance tonight

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013, 2:43 pm by Ben Salmon


According to the agenda for tonight’s Bend City Council meeting, the council will receive a “Noise Code Update” as part of its work session, which starts at 5 p.m. at city hall, 710 N.W. Wall St.

The noise code part of the meeting is scheduled to happen after a closed-to-the-public session that’s expected to wrap up around 5:30 p.m. So if you’re interested in listening to the noise-related discussion, you should aim to be there around 5:30 p.m. The “Noise Code Update” is slated to last about 20 minutes, according to the agenda.

Need to catch up? Here’s the very, very quick version:

The city passed its noise ordinance last summer but then faced blowback from local musicians and concert venues who said the law would hurt their businesses and damage Bend’s cultural scene. In October, the council declined to alter the ordinance and said it would revisit the topic after a judge ruled on a noise-code violation citation given to The Horned Hand, a Colorado Avenue music venue, in August. In December, a judge dismissed that charge, citing a lack of clarity in the ordinance and information presented by police.


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