The three-year battle with Christiansburg’s noise ordinance took another step Tuesday night with the approval of two conditional use permits for Fat Back Soul Shack and Due South BBQ.


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Billy’s Little River Stage at Fat Back Soul Shack in Christiansburg has been the home of many outdoor concerts this summer, and after the town unanimously approved the restaurant’s conditional use permit at Tuesday’s town council meeting, that is likely to continue.

These are the second and third exceptions approved through the town’s newly defined noise ordinance. Last month, town council approved a similar conditional use permit for the Starlite Drive-In.

Marie March of Black Bear Properties is the owner of the two restaurants. While she received some reprieve from the new ordinances maximum decibel levels, March expressed concern that more restrictive standards having been forced upon her and other businesses.

“Sorry that I’m not thrilled about any of this. Kindly remember, our rights, as business owners, were stripped away from us,” she said.

The conditional use permits were approved by a 6-0 vote, following a unanimous recommendation from the town’s planning commission with three parameters.

The three conditions were: 1) The maximum measurements shall be 70dB(A) and 75dB(C) from a nearby residential property on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights until midnight; 2) The noise ordinance standards shall not apply to any…



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