The City Council Meeting on June 22, 2021 agreed to give staff one month to resolve areas with lack of consensus in the new noise ordinance:
1. CBD daytime/nighttime decibel level
2. Commercial daytime/nighttime decibel level
3. Possible commercial-to-residential “buffer area” decibel level
4. Day/Night definition
5. Sound Exceedance permitting
○ Event frequency
○ Decibel cap
○ Sound exceedance curfew (not event curfew)
CAN will continute to push for lower decibels and earlier curfews. We will need your help! Follow updates to this website for CAN's efforts to represent your needs and protect your health. Speak with Ben Woody at the CAN General Membership Meeting: June 24, 6:00 PM. Details at: https://www.asheville-can.org/meetings.php
The Public Safety Committee Meeting on June 1, 2021 voted to forward the noise ordinance to city council! In addition, they voted to increase maximum sound level limits to match those of Wilmington against the advice of residents and the staff report. Actions we ask you to take:
UPDATE: Meeting of CAN and Asheville Music Professionals (AMP) failed to return decibel limits to those recommened by city staff. AMP stated that they could not speak on behalf of businesses in commercial or industrial districts and therefore would not agree to the levels CAN and city staff had agreed to in February 2021.
Stay up to date as CAN continues to educate city staff and council members that reasonable residential sound limits and vibrant music can coexist. That is why CAN and AMP the worked so hard together to make a joint recommendation that was included in the material provided to the Public Safety Committee.
Following is the letter that CAN has sent to Mayor Manheimer:
As of Jun 11, 11:00 AM we have no response from Mayor Manheimer. Vice Mayor Smith has replied and we are in virtual conversation with her.
Updates are likely between now and the June 22 city council meeting. WE NEED YOUR HELP!
The meeting was postponed becasue of technical issues that prevented public input. Documents have sill not been posted! Good thing we have them.
Letters to the Public Safety Committee can be read here: Letters to Public Safety
Due to this delay you still can prepare for the rescheduled date. Start with this document: Noise Staff Report. It has links to many other documents on the city's Google Drive (if they are still there). We are providing PDF versions of the two most relavent documents. This is the presentation: Noise Presentation. This is the recommended changes to the draft noise ordinance released in November: Proposed Ordinance Changes.
The Asheville Public Safety Committee will decide whether to allow the noise ordinance to move toward city council approval. Email comments must be sent to AVLPublicSafety@PublicInput.com by 5:00 PM Monday, May 31. Additional participation information can be found here: Public Input. Need some email or talking points? Take these: Excessive Noise Talking Points.
While CAN and its collaborating neighborhoods have negotiated some improvements, your health and well being remains seriously at risk for these reasons:
The ordinance must not advance without addressing these serious concerns. The ordinance changes being proposed do not abide by the city’s own documented first two imperatives (as stated in the city’s presentation):
The Asheville Public Safety Committee must perform its duty to require improvements that protect your safety. Please make your voices heard, you can be certain that commercial interests are actively influencing.
When the city solicited public input in late 2020, comments that favored no limits, complained about the impact on business seriously outnumbered feedback from those who have to live with excessive noise. Please change the numbers today. You have just more than 24 hours to share your thoughts.
Previous Noise Ordinace Information
From concerned Kenilworth residents:
Did you know noise pollution in Asheville is not only a growing irritant, but also an invisible threat to your and your family's health and wellbeing? To understand why and how you can advocate for a quieter, healthier, and more sustainable Asheville, please see: Noise Pollution in Asheville: The Invisible Threat.
NEW: Do you want to see noise input the city has received so far? Look here: Public input report.
Here is our recent guide to understanding and providing input to the city's ordinance: CAN guide to city input
The Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods (CAN) has been advocating for changes in the City of Asheville’s Noise Ordinance for almost two years. We advocate on behalf of Asheville’s neighborhoods on issues that affect neighborhoods, and noise is and has been of great importance in recent years. We submitted a draft noise ordinance to the City on August 5, 2019 and were met with broad support from the community and entered into constructive dialogue with the City. While there have been a few positive changes to the City’s ordinance based on CAN’s feedback to the City, unfortunately, upon reviewing the City’s draft noise ordinance released on November 18, 2020, we are disappointed that much of the feedback we relayed on behalf of our neighbors has been watered down, ignored, and omitted.
Specifically and most importantly, the City’s November 18, 2020 draft noise ordinance has left out these points upon which we thought we had agreement with the City:
CAN will be working to contest and advocate for these important pieces of CAN’s draft ordinance to be added back into the City’s ordinance to ensure protection of the health, wellbeing, and rights of Ashevillians and hope to reach consensus with the City on future versions of the noise ordinance.
CAN asks that you respond to the City’s draft ordinance. Click here: https://publicinput.com/noise, then scroll down unitl you see the button named "Feedback Form" , click on it to provide your response using the points above to craft your comments. This feedback is open for public comment until December 11, 2020.
CAN has updated a document started a year ago with detail on where today's city ordinance differs from CAN's ordinance. Read here...
The original CAN's ordinance from August 5, 2019. Read here...
A copy of the City of Asheville's proposed noise ordinance. Read here...
CAN members have sent these letters:
Homestay Letters sent to city council
Delayed to September 2021, the Asheville City Council will hear public input on revised homestay rules. This is an ongoing debate between short term rental advocates and neighbors that worry that investors will purchase residential properties, install managers as long term rental tenants who then manage short term rentals in the accessory dwelling or rooms/apartments in the residence. Many people in neighborhoods feel this would ruin the neighborhood’s sense of community.
Councilwoman Turner alerted us, noticing the reports coming to Council did not include input from the Affordable Housing Committee or any neighborhood committees or collectives. On behalf of CAN, we urge all neighborhood residents to make their voices known. Signup TODAY before the Tuesday, May 11, morning 9:00 AM deadline to comment on these points:
To help you access the rules for public input to city council meetings here is the link:
The entire May 11, city council agenda can be found here including the documents to be discussed regarding homestay changes:
As CAN receives further input and perspective, we will share information and letters that residents are sending to city council members. Please speak up no matter what “side” of the debate you are on!
Good news to share today, August 26, 2020. Thanks to continued CAN communication and collaboration with members of city staff, the Monday August 24th Board of Adjustment meeting adopted the new methods for public input and testimony. While CAN leadership will remain diligent until we see these new methods applied to all board and commission meetings, we are encouraged. You can read the detailed update from Patrick Gilbert here...
As the Asheville City Council considers the FY 2021 budget the Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods (CAN) and its Board of Directors, who represent neighborhood associations through Asheville, urges Council members to consider the sacrifices and commitment of the City's first responder in determining fair and equitable wages, especially as that applies to the City's 280 sworn fire department personnel. Read more...
CAN have engaged with the City of Asheville to advance technology, allowing live interaction during City Council meetings. As a result of these efforts, this week, CAN was asked by the City to participate in testing new technology that better facilitates public comment in real time during public hearings, and provide feedback. Read more...
The Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods asked the City Council and the City Manager to delay public hearings unless there was a guarantee that all public comments related to an issue that was a subject of a public hearing would be read into the record, before the Council took action.
CAN took this step to preserve every citizen's right to have his/her voice heard on issues important to communities. Only Vice Mayor Gwen Wisler, who will be presiding over Council meetings in the near future, responded. Read more...