Chattanooga's noise ordinance creates entertainment area from 4th to Main streets

Chattanooga's noise ordinance creates entertainment area from 4th to Main streets

July 22nd, 2014 by Joy Lukachick Smith in Local - Breaking News

Residents who live near Track 29 say loud music from concerts at the site can be oppressive.

Photo by Doug Strickland/Times Free Press.

The long awaited noise ordinance that Southside residents had hoped would put a stop to loud concerts at Track 29 creates an entertainment area that runs from 4th Street past Main Street where businesses with a permit could ramp up their music until midnight on the weekends.

The largest changes in this ordinance released this afternoon would essentially create a district where businesses could apply for a permit to blast their music at specific times of the night, depending on whether its the weekend or week day.

From 11 a.m. to midnight, businesses with a license could play music at a decibel level of 80 - the current limit is 50, the level of a normal conversation - and the bass at a level of 95 on the weekends. Then from midnight to 3 a.m., bars could play at a level of 65 decibels and a bass level of 80.

On the flip side, the city would regulate businesses by having authority to revoke their sound permit and beer permit if they played their music louder than the law allows.

See tomorrow's Times Free Press for complete details.

Previous news report: