San Francisco's music venues won a major battle in the noise wars, Tuesday.
The city's supervisors successfully passed legislation to help protect San Francisco music venues from noise complaints. The venues, mostly situated in mixed-use neighborhoods, have made San Francisco a hub for live music for the last 150 years. The recent increase in condos being built around the venues has kicked off a noise ordinance war between new residents and raucous venues.
As SF Weekly writer Gary Moskowitz recently reported in an in-depth cover story, Supervisor London Breed has been on the forefront of protecting venues. Breed's legislation, passed Tuesday, aims to prevent noise disputes by improving relationships between venues and neighbors, and working more closely with developers who are building new residential properties close to music venues. The legislation helps prevent venues from being shut down if they are operating within city entertainment permits, requires developers to work with venues before they begin construction, and ensures that all potential tenants of a new development know about local entertainment venues before they move in. It also asks developers to include sound attenuation specifics in their development plans for new housing.
[jump] “The soul of this city is just changing so fast, whether it's a Google bus or whatever else,” Entertainment Commission executive director Jocelyn Kane told SF Weekly last month. “It's different now from what we saw in the '90s, with the amount of money, and the sustained amount of change. This legislation is important because it forces project sponsors to come talk to us and get our signoff.”
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