Comprehensive Plan Open House, October 12

The open house for the in-development Austin Comprehensive Plan is this Columbus day, October 12th. ¬†Between 3:00 to 8:00 at the Austin Convention Center, Ballroom B. This will be an opportunity for the public to start to get involved in the development of the new plan. ¬†After this, there will be a series of workshops …

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Certifying Outdoor Live Music Venues

Requiring outdoor music venues to submit an acoustical analysis as part of the permitting process will solve community noise issues before they occur. It will also allow each venue to operate according to its specific situation. A permitted venue can be held to special sound level limits designed around live music, rather than generic A-weighted levels taken from the ordinance.

For Your Convenience: The Austin Noise Ordinance

I’ve added a set of pages that have what I believe to be the entirety of sections dealing with noise limits from the City of Austin Code of Ordinances. You can access them through the link at the top right of the page. The Title pages contain entire chapters and sections, copied straight from the …

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Getting Up to Speed – Relevant Reading

Here is a collection of interesting articles and blog entries that can help catch you up on Austin noise issues if you’re just tuning in. From Austin Contrarian July 28, 2009 – Stacking the deck July 12, 2009 – Shady Grove needs a parking variance June 18, 2009 – Update and clarification on the music …

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Review of the Live Music Task Force Overview and Recommendations from an Acoustician’s Point of View

I should have started this blog one year earlier, as the LMTF presented their findings and recommendations back in November. Nevertheless, it can’t do any harm to share my thoughts on the Live Music Task Force Report. From an acoustics standpoint, the most important section in the report is Sound Enforcement & Control Subcommittee Recommendations. …

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