Monday, December 10, 2012

Hearing on County Noise Control Exception, Dec. 19

The following is making the rounds in Columbia Town Center. I'm told by a neighbor who is tracking this issue that a specific venue of interest is Merriweather Post Pavilion. Concert organizers there don't want to be subject to sound level restrictions. (I had mixed results with preserving links in the original message when I copied and pasted here, but the main link to the text of the bill included below seems to work.)

The agenda item Howard County Delegation Bill titled Howard County-Noise Control-Exception has been added.  

Howard County - Noise Control - Exception
Submitted by the Howard County Delegation Chairs  

FOR the purpose of prohibiting the Department of the Environment, Howard County, or a political subdivision of Howard County from adopting any sound level limit or noise control ordinances, rule, or regulation that prohibits the electronic amplification of sound between certain hours at an outdoor concert venue with a certain capacity in Howard County; and generally relating to the adoption of sound level limits and noise control ordinances, rules, regulations that prohibit the electronic amplification of sound in Howard County 

The bill's pdf is too big to link to the TC News Flash.  The web address to read the bill is
Public Notice Hearing on Local Bill Legislation   
Scroll down to HO.Co.09-13 (LR 710)  Or, you can email and I will email it to you as an attachment.

The Howard County Delegation of the Maryland General Assembly, chaired by Delegate Guy Guzzone and Senator James Robey, will hold a public hearing for citizen input on local issues being considered by the legislature during the upcoming legislative session. The hearing is scheduled as follows: 
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 7:30 p.m.
Banneker Room, George Howard Building
3430 Courthouse Drive, Ellicott City, MD