[mgj-discuss] update on July 9th city council hearing
thelastwaltz8 at hotmail.com
Tue Jun 19 18:53:34 PDT 2007
Upon reading the municipal regulations further, I think I'm more clear now
on what the changes would be. The amendment only amends daytime noise
levels, and states that the use of noise measuring devices isn't required at
night (which I think is already the case, according to courts). Any
potential criminal enforcement of the regulations is unchanged. The table
below lays out the changes. I know that decibel levels are logarithmic,
meaning that a change in 10 db (ie from 80 to 70) is a change of 10 times
the intensity of the sound, and two times the "loudness" (80 is twice as
loud as 70). How this will affect bullhorns/noisemakers/etc. I'm not sure,
because I don't know how loud they are. Has anyone else read the
regulations/do others think this is correct/anyone know the decibel level of
Now Under Proposed
-Noises above 80 db prohibited during -Noises above 70 db
prohibited during daytime hours.
daytime hours (7 AM to 9 PM) (7 AM to 9 PM)
-Applicable in Central Employment Area, or -No specified applicable
area, so applies to all of DC
areas zoned industrial or manufacturing. not covered in
exceptions/exemptions (I think)
-Use of measuring device required for -Use of measuring device
STILL required for non-
non-commercial public speaking during commercial public speaking
daytime(eg a protest)
-Measurements to take place from any -Measurements to take place
from 50 ft from source
nearby occupied building or 50 ft from of sound.
source of sound.
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