The Prescott City Council will consider revising its noise ordinances during today’s study session, according to the agenda.
Council is scheduled to consider four variations of the noise ordinance: The first is to keep its current law in tact; the second is a model ordinance that enforces noise violations by a reasonable person standard; the third is the ordinance used by the City of Mesa, that regulates noise by decibel measurements; the final one is used by Scottsdale, which uses the reasonable person standard but that creates a rebuttal presumption that any noise higher than 68 decibels is unreasonable.
One consideration for council in weighing the different options is the many special events held inside city limits.
The current ordinance prohibits any “unreasonably loud and disturbing noise,” which is defined as noise of such character, intensity or duration as to be detrimental to the life or health or well-being of any individual, or as to disturb the public peace and quiet of a neighborhood, family or person.
The current ordinance does provide for exceptions with prior approval from council or in cases of emergency.
The study session takes place at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the council’s chambers at City Hall.
In addition to the noise ordinance, the council is scheduled to get an update on the airport master plan and a look at next steps for airport development.
At its regular 3 p.m. voting meeting, the city council is scheduled to consider awarding $36,000 plus expenses to Frontburner Media for tourism marketing; consider an agreement with Prescott Unified School District related to the Arizona Department of Transportation’s Safe Route to School Infrastructure Grant Project; consider approving an art donation agreement with the Prescott Area Art Trust that will cost the city an estimated $5,886 for a bronze statue, “Cowboy in a Storm,” for the Highway 89 roundabout; and look at the master land use plan for Izona Ranch Estates inside the Granite Dells Estates neighborhood.