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Council delays vote on Midtown noise ordinance changes

Due in part to development-related noise, proposal calls for several changes to noise limits on levels and duration, particularly during the late night and early morning hours.

Some Midtown condo residents, mostly along Peachtree Street and the Midtown Mile, have had enough with loud late-night noises produced by diesel trucks and other vehicles loading and unloading goods and equipment.

Several spoke their piece during Tuesday’s Atlanta City Council meeting, complaining that the city’s 25-plus-year-old noise ordinance needs amending in the face of so much residential and commercial development in the area.

The City’s Noise Control Ordinance as set forth in Chapter 74, Article IV, Sec. 74-129 et seq. was established in 1986.

A substitute ordinance proposal, which a copy of is included with this article, calls for several changes to noise limits with regards to levels and duration, particularly during the late night and early morning hours.

But on Tuesday, council members who have been reviewing the possible changes since early summer, decided not to vote on the proposals until the new year. The council’s next full meeting is in January 2013.

The problem would appear to be more of an enforcement issue as opposed to a density issue. What do you think, does the Midtown Mile have a late-night noise problem?

Tim November 28, 2012 at 02:38 PM
The air ventilation machines (at least I think thats what they are) on the Juniper side of the 12th and Peachtree development are extremely noisy...maybe this ordinance update can address issues like these.
Steve November 28, 2012 at 03:44 PM
The garbage trucks picking up dumpsters at 6am need to be outlawed
MCB November 28, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Move OTP if you don't like noise. That's an easy one.
BWM November 28, 2012 at 06:33 PM
The biggest noise issue is the firetrucks and ambulances who I truly believe blare their horns while lost zooming up and down peachtree. Noise dampeners would be just an idea.
Clicker November 28, 2012 at 06:46 PM
You're right BWM. How dare those emergency vehicles disturb your much needed beauty sleep!
Filtered78 November 28, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I live on Peachtree and 8th. I have no issues with garbage trucks, ambulances and other people doing their jobs. What I do have a problem with is the constant late night cruising and blasting of tasteless southern rap music through all hours of the night. Clean up the streets and enforce laws on the books. I love Midtown, but hate that it becomes a playground on the weekends for everyone and their brother from all over metro Atlanta looking to get drunk, cat call and be seen.
Midtown Resident November 30, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Atlanta is not nearly as noisy as: Manhattan SF Chicago Philadelphia Though to me it is noisier than Boston, DC, and Seattle. Garbage trucks, honking, sirens and occasional banter come with the territory of living in a city, especially one with canyons of residential highrises amplifying noise as it travels up. To me motorcycles are the worst, but how do you ban those? I do agree that Altanta does have a proportionately larger share of blaring rap music and cat calling than pretty much any other city I have been in, and it does get old (especially considering the perps do not live in the city), but what do you do about that without appearing racist or bigoted?
Traci November 30, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Leafblowers are the worst. Are there not quieter ones?
Jason Green December 02, 2012 at 03:33 AM
This is so stupid. Moving into the city and complaining about noise. What's next? The city council closing the airport because of the noise? I live near Interstate 85 and I hear noise from it all the time, should the city council close all the interstate highways because of this? Cancel all the future conventions, professional games, entertainment, etc that is coming to Atlanta in the future because the people leaving those venues will be making noise. As far as the loud music, I hear more loud noise from those bars on Cresent Ave, events at Piedmont Park, the bars on 10th & Piedmont, etc but you never hear "those" people complaining about those demographic of people. Racist people complain about noise from certain establishments/etc in Midtown but when their race does the same nobody saying anything negative.
Urbanist December 03, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Wait - before the council votes on this, will there be an opportunity to air your opinion to the city council? It's very simple - when you grow into a city that provides around the clock amenities (which Atlanta does not do, but it would be nice if it did), you have around the clock noise. Cities are where people live to gain access to around the clock amenities and opportunities, and they deal with the noise that comes along with that. Sorry, but you don't get to tell the people who come to a city to make something happen with their life that they need to take a break because you want some rest.
Melissa Hayes April 28, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Well, the Escorpion restaurant has police at their establish every weekend telling them to turn off the DJ/music. Anything will help
Dookie Doo April 28, 2013 at 07:24 PM
They should shutdown the clubs on crescent simply for the crowd it attracts. On any given Friday, I see security and luxe and opera frisking their hood rat patrons. They don't do that at cafe Intermezzo. Crescent looks like the west end on the weekends. They need to replace those places with high end establishments to attract a better clientele.
Matty May 05, 2013 at 02:41 AM
The amplified music and thumping base from The Park Tavern distresses me most nights.
Raquel Fouchette September 15, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Have they come to any decisions yet on the noise ordinance? For all the nuicances that exit, the recent intolerable new building construction noise from Balfour Beatty on Ponce and Juniper that begins on a weeknight at 10pm and continues through 5am immediately opposite residential living complexes is completely unacceptable and shows a lack of respect for working families, especially those with children. Something needs to be done for new infrastructure is great, but with a sense of respect for those currently residing in the area.
Laura Ciocia February 19, 2014 at 11:51 PM
Some serious ignorance in this thread. Not sure how you move to Atlanta and complain about black people or move to the city and complain about noise.

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