COLUMBUS—State Senator Jay Hottinger (R-Newark) this week introduced legislation to give townships more authority to regulate noise within unincorporated areas.
The idea for the legislation was brought to Hottinger's attention from Licking Township Trustees, the Licking County Prosecutor's office and area residents due to excessive noise complaints from concerts in rural areas. Current Ohio law limits noise regulations to the unincorporated area of townships where a D permit has been issued by the division of liquor control or areas zoned for residential use.
Senate Bill 114, the legislation recently introduced by Hottinger, will allow township trustees to adopt regulations and orders that are necessary to control noise that is generated within the unincorporated territory of the township.
"I am pleased to work with Licking County officials on this legislation," Hottinger said. "I believe Senate Bill 114 will address the concerns of residential property owners and give local authorities the tools they need to enact reasonable regulations for excessive noise in townships.”
Senate Bill 114 was assigned to the Local Government, Public Safety and Veterans Affairs Committee where it will receive further consideration.