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File #: Ordinance 17-2021    Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 8/2/2021 In control: City Council
On agenda: 10/12/2021 Final action: 10/12/2021
Title: Ordinance 17-2021: An ordinance on second reading amending the Noise Control Ordinance, Title 7, Chapter 3, Sections 3 and 6 of the Littleton City Code, pertaining to standards and maximum permissible continuous sound pressure levels in the Main Street Historic District
Attachments: 1. 1. Ordinance No. 17-2021, 2. 2. Ordinance No. 03-2021_Temporary Noise Ordinance, 3. 3. Temporary Noise Ordinance Outreach Summary and Handout, 4. 4. Citizen Comments, 5. 5. Presentation_Ord. 17-2021
Agenda Date: 10/12/2021

Subject:
Title
Ordinance 17-2021: An ordinance on second reading amending the Noise Control Ordinance, Title 7, Chapter 3, Sections 3 and 6 of the Littleton City Code, pertaining to standards and maximum permissible continuous sound pressure levels in the Main Street Historic District
Body

Prepared by:
Rebecca Thompson, Code Enforcement Manager

PURPOSE:
To adopt a noise ordinance specific to the Main Street Historic District.

PRESENTATIONS:
Staff Presenter(s): Jennifer Henninger, Community Development
Director
Reid Betzing, City Attorney
Additional Presenter(s): N/A

SUMMARY:
Downtown Littleton contains a mix of residential and commercial uses, each having their own allowable noise decibel limits per the City Code. This causes confusion as to which decibel level applies, residential or commercial. During Weekends on Main in 2020, there were several complaints from residents regarding noise coming from different restaurants along Main Street. The approved temporary ordinance attempted to reduce the confusion by defining the Main Street Historic District and increasing the allowable decibel levels to 80 decibels during specific days and times.

PRIOR ACTIONS OR DISCUSSIONS:
Ordinance 03-2021 was adopted in March 2021 and council requested additional monitoring through the summer until the end of the Weekends on Main season in late October. On August 10, 2021, city council held a study session on the findings of the monitoring. At the study session, staff recommended that City Council make the noise ordinance for the Main Street Historic District permanent with modifications to the days and hours set forth in the temporary ordinance. Staff recommended Thursdays be removed from the days allowing increased decibel levels. City council directed staff to make the modification.

This ordinance passed on first reading on September 7, 2021.

ANALYSIS:
Staff Analysis
Ambient noise readings from traffic traveling along Main St...

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