Public Meetings Seek Comment on Noise and Group Assembly Ordinance Changes

April 28, 2014

Three public meetings have been scheduled to obtain community feedback on proposed changes to both the Noise Ordinance  and the Group Assembly in Residential Dwellings ordinance being presented by the Fairfax County Zoning Administration Division. The suggested amendments to the Noise Ordinance propose to better define appropriate and prohibited noises in all areas of the County. The group assembly proposal would more clearly define in the Zoning Ordinance what would be considered an appropriate group assembly use in conjunction with a dwelling. Meetings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the following locations:

The overall goal of the proposed Noise Ordinance is to minimize nighttime noise and guarantee residents a certain level of quietness within their homes. The proposed new Noise Ordinance would replace both the existing Noise Ordinance (Chapter 108) and the existing Excessive Sound Generation in Residential Areas and Dwellings provisions (Article 6 of Chapter 5 of the County Code).

The Zoning Ordinance does not currently identify guidelines for the frequency or scale at which group assembly is considered to be a permitted accessory use to a dwelling. Without such specificity, managing and addressing impacts of these large, frequent gatherings becomes problematic. The draft Zoning Ordinance text will limit the number of persons and frequency of large gatherings at a home.

For more information about either proposed amendment or to request reasonable accommodations for any of the above-listed meetings, please contact the Zoning Administration Division at 703-324-1314, TTY 711.

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