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Posted on: December 15, 2021

Noise Ordinance History and Future

As Granbury has grown, the number of places providing music and entertainment, especially outdoors, has risen.  About a year ago, in response to complaints from nearby residents and business owners, the Granbury Police Department asked City Staff to revise and present to City Council a Noise Ordinance that is enforceable under current and foreseeable future conditions.

A Noise Ordinance Task Force was formed, comprised of members of law enforcement, the Community Development and Tourism departments, and others who could contribute to drafting new rules to be considered by City Council. Earlier this year, Task Force members met with residents who live in or near the Town Square. Later, they met with owners of businesses in or near the Square.

The Task Force collected and compared noise ordinances from various cities, especially ones engaged in controlling loud music—the most frequent source of noise complaints in Granbury. They also brought in Jeff Krebs, Managing Partner of Epicenter Productions, who has professional sound management experience in in venues similar to Granbury’s. Following his hours of observations, Krebs concluded that decibel-reducing improvements could be made at businesses disturbing nearby citizens.

Krebs and Task Force members met with owners of the Silver Saddle Saloon and Bob’s Off the Square, offering detailed recommendations and guidance that balanced compliance with a new noise ordinance and providing quality music for patrons.  The City has no evidence that the recommendations were implemented.

A revised Noise Ordinance was drafted with two significant changes to the current one. First, sound would be measured at the origination point of the sound. Second, allowable decibel levels may vary depending on time and day. City Councilmembers, stakeholders and the community received a draft of the Noise Ordinance prior to the December 7 meeting. 

At the beginning of deliberations of the item at the meeting, Councilmember Greg Corrigan said, “A noise ordinance that is up to date is going to be passed. I want everyone to understand that. We want it to be as fair as humanly possible and address all concerns for both citizens that live around the Square and the individuals that own business and provide music and entertainment on the Square and outside of the Square.” He said that after hearing comments from citizens, Krebs, members of the Task Force and others who were in attendance, he would ask the Council to delay voting on the draft until February 2022, allowing time for more study and discussion. Councilmembers unanimously agreed.

City Staff will be reaching out to the outdoor music venues owners to discuss the proposed Ordinance changes in preparation for the February 15, 2022 Council Agenda.

Video of this Agenda Item is on the City of Granbury YouTube Channel at this link: https://youtu.be/jEExjU7jI94

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