LEX Rejects Tougher Noise Ordinance

Feb 7, 2012

A far reaching ‘noise ordinance’ has been rejected by a committee of the Lexington –Fayette Urban County Council.  A task force spent more than three years developing a noise ordinance.  It was designed to address complaints ranging from loud car stereos and parties, to excessive industrial sounds.  It was the impact on business which generated the most debate.

A motion to exempt business districts from the proposed law failed, but the committee did remove a ‘noise board’ provision.  That board would have heard loud noise complaints and seek a solution.  Once the draft noise ordinance was amended, the entire proposal failed by a nine to one vote.  Vice Mayor Linda Gorton, who served on the task force, was disappointed. Unless, a new proposal is brought forward, Gorton says the status quo will continue.