Council defers home studio, land swap bills

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 11:30pm

The effort to regulate music and recording studios inside homes was shelved again at the Metro Council meeting on Tuesday night, as At-large Councilwoman Megan Barry indefinitely deferred the bill.

Barry said that the bill had enough votes to pass, but that she wanted more support and understanding from both sides of the issue before it went forward.

“The number of council members who signaled an inclination to support this bill tonight is sufficient for passage,” Barry said. “But I believe that a measure like this, balancing the neighborhood concerns with business interests and the city’s music-oriented DNA, should be enacted by a large margin, not a narrow one.”

The bill would have regulated home recording studios, creating stipulations about noise levels, parking and other factors. Barry’s motion to defer the bill passed unanimously.

In other action, council members approved a conservation overlay for Salemtown on Tuesday night. The overlay provides guidelines for new construction in the residential neighborhood north of downtown Nashville. Councilwoman Erica Gilmore said a survey of residents showed strong support for the overlay.

The council was set to take up a bill approving a land swap agreement with the state on second reading. The agreement, which would have given Metro the former Tennessee Preparatory School property in exchange for the old Ben West library building in downtown, was deferred for a meeting.

4 Comments on this post:

By: BenDover on 5/8/13 at 7:31

Last gasp by the studios to erect a barrier to entry since the costs of recording have come down so much. The council should be ashamed of this cronyism that will drive the creative process out of Nashville in the end.

As for the land-swap it would seem the property is not the city's to give.

By: Rocket99 on 5/8/13 at 8:00

I think the heirs shold stand ready to reclaim their property downtown if Metro chooses to not have a library on that property.

By: global_citizen on 5/9/13 at 7:36

Ben, I have been involved in the community discussions and crafting of the legislation concerning the home studios bill. Trust me, the big studios are unconcerned and disinterested in this legislation. Home studios do not pose any competition to a studio like Ocean Way, but I can understand how someone with no experience in the recording industry could think that way.

If you don't know anything about audio engineering and recording, you probably think a studio is a studio is a studio.

The big studios don't need to erect any barriers. The good ones are booked solid at $1000+ a day.

This legislation comes purely from residents of neighborhoods with a high density of home recording studios that have seen a small business (with the attendant parking and noise problems that come with it) being run from a property zoned residential.

By: Left-of-Local on 5/9/13 at 9:06

Here's a notion. If you can't hack the sound of instruments at reasonable hours (which noise regs already handle) then MAYBE NASHVILLE IS NOT YOUR BEST TOWN TO LIVE IN. The risk of more bullshit from Music Row being involved in this (like that SLIME-BALL password-sharing law they got passed) combined with unreasonable shedding of the Nashville vibe makes the bill a non-starter. ENFORCE THE LAWS WE HAVE. Existing parking, noise, and codes would make this all work out fine.

But then... the codes staff and cops would have to actually work for a living...

As for the library... SITCK IT TO THEM. I hope the family takes back their land from these jackasses and builds a massively-profitable condo... on top of a small library. In fact, I have a great idea for a library they can put in: THE NASHVILLE LIBRARY OF INDEPENDENT PRESS. With an archive of things like City Paper, Scene, and The Contributor.

Boom. Suck on that one, establishment cronies.