Posts Tagged ‘Bend noise ordinance’

City council softens noise law, and The Horned Hand is closing (its physical location, at least)

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013


Newsy night on the local music scene last night. Since I have to get tomorrow’s GO! Magazine out the door, here’s a quick recap:

The Bend City Council took the first step toward approving changes to its noise ordinance. Those changes are designed to clean up and clarify language that a judge deemed too vague late last year as he dismissed a noise-code violation citation against the Colorado Avenue music venue The Horned Hand, which was issued last August.

Before approving those changes, though, the council made two additional changes to the law, both of which seem to favor event promoters and venue owners: Police are now required to use decibel meters before issuing a citation to a business that has received a noise complaint, and the fine for a first offense is now $250, down from a maximum of $750.

— Before the votes, The Horned Hand’s owner, Wesley Ladd, announced that he is closing the venue “within two months.” Initially, he mentioned the “strife” caused by the noise code and other issues as a reason, but after the meeting, he clarified to The Source Weekly, saying something I’ve been hearing him talk about for a while now:

At one point on Wednesday night, Ladd told the council he was closing The Horned Hand in part because of “strife” related to issues like the noise ordinance, but clarified later that the city, particularly the police department, has been very easy to work with and that the closure was more related to the difficulty of operating a music venue with a young family.

This morning on Frequency’s Facebook page, Ladd reiterated the family-related reasons behind the Hand’s closure, and said he and his partner, Callie Young, would continue to be involved in Bend’s music scene:


Over the past several months, Ladd (among others) has been working to open Nectar of the Gods Meadery. Coincidentally, the council also approved a liquor license for the company’s facility on Second Street in Bend Wednesday night, shortly before discussing the noise ordinance.

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

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013


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.

The Horned Hand’s noise citation dismissed by judge

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Here’s the article from today’s Bulletin by my colleague Hillary Borrud, with the judge’s reasoning and comments from Horned Hand owner Wesley Ladd as well as a couple neighbors who’ve called police to complain about the Colorado Avenue music venue in recent months.

Tonight: Informational meeting on Bend’s noise ordinance

Monday, October 1st, 2012

There has been much afoot recently in the local arts/music community with regard to the City of Bend’s new noise ordinance and the effect it has had on the town’s music scene and venues. I wish I’d been covering the situation more diligently, but a certain 13-day-old baby has been getting most of my attention in the past few weeks.

Anyway, let’s catch up. In June, the City of Bend passed a new noise ordinance. Since then, that ordinance has been enforced at venues around town, prompting some to adjust what kind of music they’ll host. As a result, at least two groups — Bend Residents for a Sensible Noise Ordinance and Central Oregon Music & Arts Coalition — have been formed, stickers and videos made, many Facebook posts shared, etc.

Anyway, the two groups are holding a meeting tonight at 6 at The Horned Hand, 507 N.W. Colorado Ave., in Bend. Here’s what the Facebook event page for the meeting says:

This will be a informational meeting for all interested in the new Noise Ordinance, how it is being interpreted/enforced and proposed changes. All are welcome to attend. Please share this with any musicians/artists/ or concerned patrons of the arts. We will also be discussing the newly formed Central Oregon Music and Arts Coalition.

Again, that’s 6 p.m. at The Horned Hand. Just two hours away. Sorry for the late notice; I’m catching up, too.