Nevada City is approving the requirements for outdoor dining and entertainment now that the COVID restrictions have been lifted; but a desire to continue with the benefits of outdoor dining and live music through the summer is also being honored. On Wednesday, council approved an ordinance that allows for amplified music in the historic district, but there are volume limitations. Council member Gary Petersen, summarizes the technical modification and measurement for enforcement.
The specifications are in line with noise ordinances and legal requirements.
Petersen also clarified there a number of smartphone apps that can accurately measure the volume.
The council also approved planter barriers to protect dining set up in parking spaces. those barriers need to be either wine barrels or short, decorated, trough-style planters. Outdoor dining specifications that also meet ADA requirements were also approved as part of the guidelines.
Commercial Street will remain closed to traffic through September 6. Outdoor dining in the closed section will be set up to allow sufficient space for emergency vehicles to access the street.