On Thursday, November 10, the Austin City Council adopted new rules for overnight concrete pours downtown. The Downtown Austin Alliance has been working with construction industry stakeholders, downtown residents, and city staff for more than two years to find a solution that allows development to continue in our thriving downtown—building tax base and adding vitality to our city—while still respecting the need for people to be able to sleep at night. The regulations allow for projects to continue to obtain 72-hour permits for late-night concrete installation, with an 83 decibel limit before midnight, a 73 decibel limit from midnight to 6:00 a.m., and a different type of permit for special circumstances such as a mat slab, which requires continuous pouring of concrete for structural integrity. Sound is measured 75 feet from the pump or truck.
Mayor Pro Tem Tovo offered some minor amendments to the new ordinance to reflect negotiations that continued through Wednesday, November 9. The Downtown Austin Alliance was joined in its support of the consensus position by the Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association, Rainey Neighborhood Association, RECA, Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association, the Austin Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, and individual residents and construction industry experts.