Noise Ordinance Input Session:  Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 5:00 P.M. via Zoom.  Proposed Ordinance and Zoom link attached.

Noise Ordinance Input Session: 5:00 pm

The Selectmen and Chief Varney will be hosting a Noise Ordinance Public Input Session on Tuesday, February 9th at 5:00 pm via Zoom. The Selectmen and Chief Varney developed the ordinance with the goal of protecting, preserving and promoting the health, safety, welfare and quality of life for residents and visitors to the Town of Sandwich.

It is unusual for a town to not have a Noise Ordinance and can create several challenges. Chief Varney currently must use state statutes to address noise related complaints. Enforcing state statutes requires a trip to court and has elevated consequences, as such issues are treated on a criminal level. Noise complaints would become civil matters as a result of the Noise Ordinance and would allow for an expedited process in enforcing the associated consequences.

Please note: in addition to the items listed as examples of unreasonable noises, this ordinance allows the department to address any noise nuisance determined to be unreasonable. The examples included are not intended to be inclusive of all scenarios in which it could be applied.

The Selectmen’s Office received much feedback from the public, all of which was considered in revisions of this draft since the fall. The Selectmen specifically sought to ensure that the Ordinance does not negatively impact local businesses in town (construction, etc.) or typical rural residential activities (logging, agriculture, etc.).

Interested members of the public are encouraged to attend. A Zoom meeting link is available below, click here for the proposed Ordinance. This Ordinance has been included as a warrant article for approval at Town Meeting.

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