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Proposed Amendments to Loudoun County Noise Standards
Board of Supervisors Approves Changes to Noise Standards in the Zoning Ordinance; Changes Effective January 1, 2017new

Board of Supervisors Meetings

October 20, 2016new

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved changes to the Revised 1993 Zoning Ordinance for Noise Standards on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at its business meeting. The changes go into effect January 1, 2017.  Regulations will be posted at that time.  The meeting is available for viewing here. The staff item and supplement are posted below. A summary of the Board's motion (Copy Teste) has been posted below.

 
September 22, 2016
At the September 22, 2016, Board of Supervisors business meeting, Item #17 was forwarded to the October 20, 2016, Board of Supervisors business meeting for action and to answer questions regarding the exemption language.  The staff report and supplemental item for the September 22 meeting are available online. The meeting is available for viewing here.
Changes to Noise Section of Codified Ordinance Adopted
At the July 13, 2016, Board of Supervisors public hearing, revisions to the Codified OrdinanceChapter 654.02, Excessive Sound in Residential areas and Dwellings, enforced by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, was approved. More information from the Sheriff's Office is online here

July 13, 2016

At the July 13, 2016, Board of Supervisors Public Hearing Item #13, Noise Standards, was forwarded to the September 22, 2016 Board of Supervisors Business Meeting for action. The staff report and Board's Action Report are available online:

Item #6, Proposed Amendment to Chapter 654.02 of the Codified Ordinances of Loudoun County, Unreasonable Noise, which is enforced by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, was approved.  The staff report, which contains the drafted Codified Ordinance, and copy teste are available online:

Both items may be viewed via the Loudoun County webcast system, here.  The updated Codified Ordinance is online here.

June 7, 2016
On June 7, 2016 the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors approved authorization to advertise Zoning Ordinance Amendment (ZOAM-2014-0006), Noise Standards, for the July 13, 2016, Board public hearing.

May 13, 2016
On May 13, 2016, the Board of Supervisors Transportation and Land Use Committee (TLUC) voted to forward ZOAM 2014-0006, Noise Standards, to the Board of Supervisors' June 7, 2016, business meeting and to direct staff to advertise ZOAM 2014-0006 for the Board of Supervisors July 13, 2016, public hearing. TLUC's motion included a recommendation to include amendments to Section 5-600 to apply the noise standards uniformly among bed and breakfasts and commercial wineries, similar to farm wineries and limited breweries. The staff report and other documents prepared for the meeting are online:

TLUC Meeting Documents Online
During the discussion of a Proposed Amendment to Chapter 654 of the Codified Ordinances of Loudoun County, Noise, at the April 5, 2016 Board of Supervisors business meeting, the Board voted to direct staff to remove ZOAM 2014-0006, Noise Standards, from the May 11 Board public hearing agenda, and to bring the item to the Friday, May 13, 2016, Transportation and Land Use Committee (TLUC) meeting for discussion in conjunction with the Proposed Amendment to Chapter 654 of the Codified Ordinances of Loudoun County, Noise. The staff report and other documents prepared for the meeting are online:

Following a work session on March 10, 2016, the Loudoun County Planning Commission forwarded the Noise Standards Zoning Ordinance Amendment (ZOAM) to the Board of Supervisors with a recommendation of approval subject to the changes made at the work session, specifically to the Applicability Section.  

The webcast of the Planning Commission work session is online here. Documents prepared for the work session are below:

The Planning Commission work session on March 10, 2016,  followed a Planning Commission public hearing on the item December 15, 2015. The staff report prepared for the December 15, 2015, public hearing, and the attachments, which include the draft text, and a presentation by staff are available online:

Loudoun County held a series of public outreach meetings in August 2015 regarding the proposed amendments to the county's noise standards. At the meeting, the county's consultant and staff provided an overview of the proposed changes and encouraged the public to provide comments on the changes.  The consultant's presentation is online here.

A summary of comments from the three outreach meetings and from emails is online:

Comments and questions continue to be accepted and may be sent via email

Draft Text Online
The draft text of proposed amendments to the county's noise standards as contained in the Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance is available online as is the research report produced by the county's consultant on the issue, Hessler Associates. 

Board Adopts Resolution of Intent to Amend
On April 1, 2015, the Board of Supervisors adopted a Resolution of Intent to Amend the county's noise standards. The staff report and resolution prepared for the meeting are online:

Note: The Noise Standards item originally scheduled for the June 16, 2015, public hearing of the Loudoun County Planning Commission was deferred

Background
Loudoun County is in the process of considering proposed amendments to the county's noise standards.

As part of the review of Zoning Ordinance Amendment 2013-0003, Data Center and Miscellaneous Commercial/Industrial Amendment (Data Center ZOAM), the Board of Supervisors authorized the hiring of a noise consultant to assist the Board's Transportation and Land Use Committee (TLUC) in making a recommendation to the full Board regarding appropriate noise standards to consider as part of the Data Center ZOAM.

As explained by the consultant during the TLUC presentation, certain noise standards of the Zoning Ordinance could be revised to clarify and specify certain elements, such as the location from which sound is measured. The Zoning Ordinance Action Group (ZOAG) Data Center Report of February 18, 2014, recommended that the Board consider initiating a review of the noise standards of the Zoning Ordinance to determine if it should be amended.

At the June 4, 2014, Board Business Meeting, and as part of the Strategic Plan Update, the Board directed staff to prepare scoping/workplan documents for the initiative, and at the July 16, 2014, Board business meeting, the Board authorized staff to proceed with the procurement process to hire a consultant for the purpose of revising the noise standards of the Zoning Ordinance. Award of the contract is expected by the end of September 2014. 

The item prepared for the July 16, 2014, Board meeting is online as is the Copy Teste, the summary of the Board's action:

For More Information
For questions about the Noise Standards Zoning Ordinance Amendment, contact the Loudoun County Department of Planning and Zoning by email or by calling 703-777-0246.

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