Lancaster Noise Ordinance Visited

At a recent meeting of the Lancaster planning commission, a public hearing on proposed changes to the county’s noise ordinance was proposed, but county leaders voted 4-0 to table a vote until other members could attend. Lancaster’s proposed definition of noise disturbance is “any sound which by its character, intensity and duration endangers or injures the health and safety of persons within the county.” But new commission member Claudette Henderson questioned why the county was not putting in enforceable measures which are not so subjective. That’s when the County Administrator Don Gill stated that the previous planning commission felt that a decibel meter was a step a bit too far for a rural area. The current ordinance prohibits playing any radio, television, speaker or musical instrument that it is plainly audible from the dwelling when doors and windows are closed.