The Town of Christiansburg held a public meeting for people to give their input on a new town noise ordinance. In 2016, the Starlite Drive-In installed new speakers which caused people living behind the theater to letters addressed to town council about the noise level.
Currently, the town ordinance says any noise generated that can be heard more than 50 feet away can be subject to a noise complaint. However, a noise from a business is exempt. The town is proposing to change the noise ordinance. Changes include asking businesses to acquire conditional use permits for noise. Those permits could cost the owner of Starlite, Peggy Beasley, a whopping $750 for the season. Beasley says it’s aggravating because her business does not take in money during the winter.
More than 20 people spoke at the public meeting and the majority say they don’t agree with the town’s proposed changes. Andrew Warren, the Planning Director for the Town of Christiansburg, says the town’s goal is to find a balance so neighbors can live in peace and businesses can thrive. Warren says all the public comments will be taken into consideration. The town council will write up a new noise ordinance and will present it at a planning commission public hearing on March 19th.