Charlotte Talks: Proposed Changes To Charlotte Noise Ordinance Spark Controversy

Jun 24, 2019

Monday, June 24, 2019

Anti-abortion activists attend a city council meeting to share their thoughts on proposed changes to the city's noise ordinance, which could make protesting outside an abortion clinic on Latrobe Drive more difficult.
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Charlotte City Council votes Monday night on controversial changes to the noise ordinance. Members of council talk about the controversy and the concern.

The city is looking at making changes to its noise ordinance to address a rise in complaints. But one part of the proposed changes – a noise buffer around schools, churches, and medical facilities – has created controversy.

Anti-abortion activists who regularly demonstrate outside of a clinic that provides abortions on Latrobe Drive in Charlotte believe they are being targeted. They oppose the proposed 200-foot noise buffer that they say infringes upon their free speech rights.

The Epicenter in uptown Charlotte. Noise from area restaurants, music venues, and night clubs is a regular part of a bustling city.
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But some Charlotte city council members say they are responding to citizen complaints and CMPD’s request for a stricter ordinance. They say the problem is a result of the city’s growth, especially uptown, that has led to a growing number of complaints about noisy traffic, construction, and nightlife from area residents.

Ahead of an expected council vote Monday night, we hear about the proposed changes to the ordinance, and about some of the concerns from city council members on different sides, and from the city attorney.

Guests

Patrick Baker, Charlotte city attorney

Ed Driggs, Charlotte City Council, Republican - District 7. He has been outspoken against changes to the ordinance.

Julie Eiselt, Charlotte City Council, Mayor Pro-Tem, Democrat - At-large. She supports changes to the ordinance.