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Quiet-time law would curtail night construction

Far North Side residents divided over proposal by councilman


San Antonio residents could enjoy more restful slumbers if a North Side councilman’s proposed ordinance limiting loud construction near homes at night passes.

In August, District 9 Councilman John Courage drafted a Council Consideration Request prohibiting nocturnal building within 300 feet of metropolitan residences.

According to a release from his office, the aim of the proposed city law is “to protect residents from overnight construction noise.”

Under the edict, named “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site,” a nod to a popular children’s book, production hours would be restricted to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.

Added the release, “The proposal asks that exterior construction within 300 feet of an inhabited, residential structure be suspended during specific nighttime hours in order to afford peace and quiet when needed most.

“The goal of this initiative is not to prevent development in any sense, but ask that the city encourage developers to respect the communities in which they have chosen to build.”

So far, no apparent opposition has been raised from the construction-services industry, though some say there are reasons to work at night.

If approved by City Council, San Antonio’s noise ordinance would follow other Texas municipalities such as Dallas, which only allows daytime construction.

Stone Oak homeowners’ complaints sparked Courage’s action, with far North Side neighbors expressing varying views on the subject.

Champion Springs denizen Mary Cardenas believes the proposal is a “step in the right direction” for homeowners tired of the clamor.

“Dallas has set the example and it’s time for San Antonio to follow it since we are one of the largest municipalities in the country,” she said. “In a residential neighborhood, there will be problems each time something is built, and we do not want to go through these processes every time something is built. It is better to have a uniform code that is mutually acceptable to all (residents).”

Contrarily, Oscar Campos, a Crescent Ridge neighbor, feels the ordinance impedes progress, and inconveniences workers who wish to escape searing weather conditions during the heat of the day.

“When I buy a house, I buy it with my environment in mind,” he said. “If I want to be near a highway then I’m near a highway. I can’t complain if I hear trucks coming by there.”

Gail Lamb, a real estate professional who resides in Encino Rio, is leery of the potential impact on the U.S. 281 project, currently underway in dual phases.

While she supports the proposal, Lamb also hopes the roadway upgrade is completed on schedule.

The construction has affected her daily commute, she said, with travel times increasing.

“I now have to allot for an extra 20 minutes,” Lamb said. “I go to the gym from 6:30-7:30 a.m., and by the time I get on Loop 1604, traffic back home to 281 is wall-to-wall.”

Either the city’s Governance Committee or Planning and Community Development Committee are expected to conduct a hearing on the noisy issue.

Afterward, the council will decide on the measure, which requires six votes for adoption.


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