Judge won't force church to turn down volume


Judge Superior Court Judge Bryan Collins did approve a request from the church's attorneys to inspect two homes near the church and test for sound levels.

In a lawsuit filed last month, neighbors of the church accuse it of holding performances and practice sessions at its facility that are "akin to rock concerts."

Nine families living in The Hills at Southpoint subdivision have joined the suit.

Click here to read the lawsuit (.pdf)

The temporary restraining order requested by the neighbors would have prohibited the church from playing amplified music until the lawsuit is resolved.

The lawsuit isn't the only legal problem the church faces. In December, police cited the church under Durham's noise ordinance for sound considered "unreasonable and disturbing."

A hearing on that is set for Tuesday.

The church claims it's tried to work with its neighbors by soundproofing walls, lowering sound levels, and changing worship times.

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