Chattanooga concert venues are challenging Chattanooga's noise ordinance. They say the city has unusually harsh laws and it's hurting their business. For the last year, residents living near Track 29 have complained to city council about the level of music booming from the venue during some shows. But this week, it's the concert hall that's decided to challenge the city's laws.
Starting Tuesday, Track 29 began circulating this Sound Support petition saying that Chattanooga had one of the quietest noise ordinances in the country and to change that supporters would need to speak up.
But, what exactly are the regulations?
A look into city's charter revealed that Chattanooga's current noise ordinance does not allow anything above 50 db. With normal conversation measured at 60 db, one local audiologist says Chattanooga needs to change. Dr. Megan Johnson tells us "I guess I'm surprised that Chattanooga's noise ordinance was so much lower than Nashville and Knoxville in comparison to theirs."
Dr. Megan Johnson has a Doctorate in audiology and says the concert hall could be labeled as an annoying level of noise for those that live in the area. "They're not going to the club to hear the music. They are trying to sleep at night so that's a problem."
But Dr. Johnson says there could be one possible solution to make both sides happy. "And maybe there's something that the club could do as far as sound proofing. Even if they want to turn the music up, they need to have sound barriers so that it's not bothering close by residents."
by Mikaya Thurmond