Recent articles in the Source Weekly and the Bend Bulletin, along with a report on KTVZ highlighted controversies over the City’s noise ordinance and unregulated event centers. Please click on the links to review the coverage if you haven’t seen it.
The media attention was prompted by an online petition by a concert promoter who claimed that efforts to correct flaws in the noise ordinance were aimed at killing live, outdoor music in Bend.
BNC has always said that updating city code isn’t about music — it’s about noise. Many cities have both vibrant music scenes and quiet neighborhoods. The fact that Bend doesn’t have both doesn’t mean that it can’t.
Among the cities with lower decibel limits for residential zones are: Oregon cities, including Portland, Salem, Corvallis, Gresham, and Hillsboro; tourist towns like Nashville (“music city”), Boulder, Santa Fe, and Aspen; and major urban areas, including Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta, and Miami.