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ASHEVILLE – Following calls for expediency by musicians and residents, City Council is set to vote July 27 on new rules dealing with one of the most contentious local issues: limits on various types of noise.

The council had planned to vote in September on whether to apply the new rules that would differentiate between noise based on where it comes from with fines escalating up to $500.

But at a June 22 meeting, musicians said planning for bands and at the city’s many music venues would already be finished by that time. Some residents also said they wanted faster relief from alleged repeat violators. In response, council members agreed to push the vote forward to July.

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