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Wrightstown looks to control intrusive noise


Wrightstown is taking aim at nuisance noise.

The township Board of Supervisors is considering authorizing a new ordinance, the objective of which is to prevent amplified sound from traveling over one’s property line and creating annoyance and discomfort for neighbors.

The type of noise the ordinance looks to address is speech, music or other sound projected or transmitted by sound amplifying equipment, officials said.

“The township has received complaints over the past couple years from residents who have neighbors that play loud music all day and into the night,” explained Supervisor Chairman Chester Pogonowski. “Our current ordinance does not adequately address this problem.”

But the new local law under consideration would, and supervisors appear keen on it.

At their public meeting on June 20, supervisors authorized township professionals to advertise that the ordinance is under consideration and up for adoption – a necessary legal step before they can vote on the proposed regulations.

It’s unclear exactly when supervisors might take a vote to approve or deny the ordinance, but Pogonowski said that could potentially happen within the next 45 to 60 days.

The township solicitor said the ordinance would prohibit nuisance noise and is taken directly from established case law and would hold up under any potential legal challenge.

The township Planning Commission proposed the ordinance. Supervisors’ Ordinance Review Committee has analyzed it. While Wrightstown is part of a zoning jointure with the neighboring municipalities of Upper Makefield and Newtown Township, this particular noise ordinance, if enacted, would apply only in Wrightstown.

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