Archive for February, 2011

Noise Ordinances Being Struck Down Post-Tanner: The Problem of Decibels

As discussed in the last post, many localities are struggling after the Virginia Supreme Court’s opinion in Tanner v. City of Virginia Beach to adopt ordinances to comply with that decision.  No longer can localities use a “reasonable person” standard in a criminal noise ordinance without risking a run-in with Tanner. What can replace that [...]

 

Noise Ordinances Being Struck Down Post-Tanner: What’s A Locality To Do?

This blog predicted that the decision by the Virginia Supreme Court in Tanner v. City of Virginia Beach would likely have significant impacts on local governments and their citizens. Forecast has become fact, as ordinances across the state have been struck down or charges dismissed. In the City of Richmond, a noise ordinance adopted after the Tanner decision was [...]