Incoming first years and returning students can breathe a collective sigh of relief as the start of the semester festivities will not be curtailed by a harsher city noise violation policy.
Charlottesville City Council last Monday evening shot down proposed changes to the city’s noise ordinance that would have increased penalties for offenders.
Jim Tolbert, the city’s director of Neighborhood Development Services, proposed the change. Neighborhood Development Services is a City department that aims to maintain a high quality of life for Charlottesville residents. The new regulations would have resulted in first-time violators facing up to six months of jail-time for hosting rowdy house parties, and second-time offenders spending up to a year in prison and paying a $2,500 fine.