Hanover holds public hearing about noise ordinance

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Hanover county leaders will hear what people think about a proposed noise ordinance at a public hearing Wednesday night.

Most of the problems with noise in Hanover center around animals and loud parties.

Last year, the state supreme court ruled that Virginia Beach's ordinance was unconstitutionally vague. Hanover county used similar language and needed to revise it's 30 year old rules.

Wen it comes to animal noises, the old ordinance used words like frequently and habitually - which county leaders decided weren't specific enough.

The new rule says if an animal makes noise that can be clearly heard across a property line for a period of 10 minutes at night and 15 minutes during the day, that's a violation.

Hanover county also wants to adopt a general assembly ruling allowing localities to issue civil instead of criminal penalties for noise violations.

County leaders have been working for more than 9 months now, and lots could happen after Wednesday night's hearing.

"The board could decide that it's ready to go ahead and adopt the ordinance," said Hanover county attorney Sterling Rives. "They could make some tweeks in the ordinance as a result of the public hearing, or it could decide to hold another workshop and postpone action."

The public hearing starts at 7 p.m. as part of the board of supervisors meeting.

The meetings is in the board room at the Hanover county administration building in the courthouse complex.

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