Sigona: Quiet from Scottsdale City Council on noise pollution

Are Mayor Lane and the Scottsdale City Council telegraphing their approval for Bar District II in the Scottsdale Quarter?

California investors dropped a noise bomb on the Scottsdale Quarter in 2017 with outdoor concert venue BLK Live’s massive new stage projecting rock and rap more than 2 miles into the surrounding residences, including mine.

Jon Sigona

Wasn’t the Scottsdale Quarter area meant to be a shining example of our mixed-use future where driven knowledge workers employed at the on-site offices “Live, Work, Play” in peace and harmony in the on-site residences and shops? How is a massive outdoor concert venue compatible with this vision –– who approved it? Answer –– no one approved it.

BLK Live is currently applying for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to continue its operations. Case # 12-UP-2013 and 13-UP-2018.

We feel BLK Live has disturbed the peace frequently since 2017, operated in a manner inconsistent with its immediate environs and in violation of its original CUP.

  • BLK Live was fined for constructing a substantially larger stage in violation of its original CUP.
  • Hundreds of noise complaints have been logged with City of Scottsdale police non-emergency number, demonstrating both the baseline number of citizens disturbed, duration, and amount of city resources expended.
  • Neighbors met directly with city officials and BLK Live, in an attempt to resolve the issue.
  • BLK Live promised immediate action to homeowners who called a direct line, per industry best practice. However, they never turned it down when we called.
  • BLK Live has stated noise abatement modifications have been made, but with no discernible impact to our ears.
    • Sec. 19-26 (D) of the City Ordinance sets 68dbA as unreasonable.
    • However, stipulation No. 4 within their existing CUP “NOISE generated from this use… shall not exceed ambient noise levels consistent to the use and the character of the area during hours of operation.”
    • Sec. 5.2808 defines ambient noise levels as 55 dBA for 7 a.m.-11 p.m., 50 dBA for 11 p.m. – 7 a.m.

We request any of the following stipulations and terms of operations for BLK Live ‘s CUP:

A. Eliminate the amplified outdoor entertainment component of their operation.

B. Provisional reinstatement of CUP; return stage to original size and limit outdoor amplified events to 9 p.m.

C. Provisional reinstatement of CUP; pending noise abatement measures be affected such that they do not exceed ambient noise at 100 feet per stipulation No. 4 of their CUP.

City planners didn’t originally permit a massive outdoor concert venue at that location, and so it’s a mystery as to why BLK Live is being allowed to operate in this manner.

Will our City Council turn the Scottsdale Quarter into Bar district II, with the accompanying spread of noise, congestion, crime, lewdness, and incompatibility with families?

Editor’s Note: Jon Sigona is a resident of Scottsdale

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