Just before Christmas and New Year holidays, New Orleans City Council introduced on first reading its draft for a "new" noise ordinance, the product of more than two years of reports and discussion.
This month, it heads to the Housing and Human Needs Committee for further review before it heads to the full City Council for a vote.
Following its Dec. 19 introduction, the ordinance stirred the music community for resembling a controversial "seven-point plan" by the Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents and Associates (VCPORA), and not including recommendations from a City Council-commissioned report on sound and its impacts to New Orleans. Later that day, District C City Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer — who initiated the report and discussions about redrafting the ordinance — released a statement, saying, "A proposal was introduced today in an attempt to offer a starting point for public consideration and discussion. The ordinance that was introduced today did not originate from my office, but I signed on to it because I support its intention: to carry on an important dialog and get us closer to a sound ordinance that is fair and objective."
The City Council's Housing and Human Needs Committee meets at noon Friday, Jan. 17 in council chambers.