Evanston’s Human Services Committee is scheduled Monday night to vote on a revised version of proposed changes to the city’s noise ordinance.

An earlier draft of the revisions came in for criticism at a committee meeting last month, and several revisions have been made in response.

The current ordinance limits noise within 150-feet of residentially-zoned property. The previous draft would have raised the noise limit to 750 feet from where the sound originated.

The latest draft keeps the 750 foot limit, but only for educational institutions and organizations that have obtained a special event permit approved by the City Council. It also exempts them from the noise permit requirement of the ordinance.

Anybody else could only make noise exceeding a 55-decibel level less than 150 feet from any residentially-zoned property, and would need to get a permit for any outdoor loudspeaker use.

As in the earlier draft, the permit provision would appear to require a person who wished to use a bullhorn during a demonstration or protest march to get a city permit.

Ald. Eleanor Revelle (7th) has recommended approval of the ordinance changes, in part to address concerns about music events held at the Canal Shores Golf Course.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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