Chesterfield County approves noise ordinance

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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - This was the third public meeting on the noise ordinance but finally the board has approved revisions to it. It was a highly debated topic and many people for and against the idea spoke out during the public session.

The main reason the decision took so long to make was because board supervisors felt that during previous meetings the ordinance was too broad and could have unintended consequences.

They agreed that loud noise would be prohibited between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. Fines for those who violate the ordinance could range anywhere from $100 to $500.

You'd be in violation if noise can be heard from 50 feet or more away. Some residents, though in support, still are satisfied.

"Well the noise ordinance today I think they need to re-word it and get it better," says resident, Charles West. "50 feet like I was saying that's less than a baseball path of little league baseball."

The noise ordinance controls noise from things like music, TVs, pets and parties at a residence or in a public area.

It does not apply to noises used in emergency situations such as school bells or sirens from emergency vehicles.

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