Port Townsend: City poised to seek noise ordinance again

PORT TOWNSEND — Members of a City Council committee got their first look at a proposed noise ordinance Wednesday and heard from several citizens in favor of the proposed regulations.

The council’s Community Development and Land Use Committee reviewed a draft noise ordinance that would set decibel-level limits in town and make certain “public disturbances” subject to fines and other sanctions.

“We’ve been hearing pretty constantly from people that there is a need for a noise ordinance,” committee Chairwoman Michelle Sandoval said.

A noise ordinance was first proposed by a citizen group in 1999, but voted down by the council after a loud outcry from opponents, including owners of music and entertainment venues.

The current draft being considered would differ from the previous proposal in that decibel limits would be set by adopting state noise laws in addition to “public disturbances” previously considered.

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