Dothan could have a new noise ordinance

(Source: City of Dothan)
(Source: City of Dothan)(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jul. 7, 2020 at 3:13 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Are you building in Dothan or planning a night out downtown?

There will soon be new noise ordinances in place.

Concerns about noise from construction areas near residential properties were a hot topic at the City of Dothan administrative meeting.

“That was a concern that we didn’t really have anything that addressed when construction activity could or could not occur so we put some perimeters in there,” says City of Dothan planning director Todd McDonald.

The board came up with a proposal that restrains construction near residential properties outside of the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for sites near commercial properties, a start time of 6 a.m. would be allowed.

If there is a need to start sooner, that can be handled by the city manager.

Concerns were also made by downtown residents about loud music late at night.

The city met with downtown merchants about live music being played outside.

“Pretty much the agreement was 11 o’clock on weekdays was fine. They wanted to go later. Some wanted to 1 o’clock on weekend some said no 12 is late enough on weekends,” says McDonald.

That’s how the draft is written and some commissioners agreed with merchants to push the time back later.

The noise ordinance changes will be put to a vote in four weeks to give the commission time to consider the proposals.

Noises heard 50 feet away are a violation under the current ordinance. the new proposal sets a 100-foot rule in downtown Dothan.

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