Lacombe Country planning noise bylaw

A noise bylaw is on the table after Lacombe County councillors got an earful from irate residents upset with a loud musical festival last fall.

A noise bylaw is on the table after Lacombe County councillors got an earful from irate residents upset with a loud musical festival last fall.

The county was barraged with complaints last September when a four-day music event at Teepee Village campground, just north of Blackfalds, blasted music that could be heard as many as eight km away.

In a news release issued the Monday after the show, council apologized to ratepayers, saying it “deeply regrets the unfortunate and disturbing events which took place over this past weekend.”

At the time, council directed administration to see what could be done to prevent future problems and bring back a report.

County commissioner Terry Hager said on Thursday that RCMP said there was little that could be used under federal or provincial laws or municipal bylaws to address those kinds of situations.

Some communities faced with similar problems have adopted noise and special events bylaws.

Regulations could be crafted so that other noise sources from industry or agriculture would not be affected, said Hager.

Council plans to discuss the issue with RCMP at an April 5 workshop.

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