Neighbors Notice Improvement after New Regulations in Housing Complex

By: Estephany Escobar Email
By: Estephany Escobar Email

HARRISONBURG, Va.--- Neighbors in Harrisonburg notice the noise difference in a housing complex for students in Rockingham county after it implemented new regulations.

Mark Whalen had complained about the noise levels and large parties at Aspen Heights. However, this weekend he noticed the difference.

"It was more like a normal residential community. It was greatly appreciated," Whalen said. "It was a lot more pleasant, the community was quiet, didn't hear loud music until the early hours in the morning, didn't hear people screaming and carrying on, didn't see excess traffic."

Currently, residents will have to follow some new regulations, including they cannot bring in more than two guests into the complex. However, there are exceptions for family members. They are admitted, even if a tenant has two guests already on site.

In addition, tenants will have to check in with security guards every time they come in.

"As crowded as it was getting and loud, the past couple weekends, I could see it getting out of control fast. If they didn't reign it in," said Whalen.

Neighbor Dale Diaz said if every weekend is like this one, the regulations are working.

"I was actually surprised they are stringent as they are. My hope is for the students for them to see the consequences of what they've done and maybe things could be relaxed for them a little bit," said Diaz.

Whalen said some of the regulations may have to be changed, if students have concerns about guests and transportation.

"Right now it just needs to be monitored. Make sure that the changes that happened this weekend continue for the next few weekends and they don't lose sight of the progress they've made," said Whalen.

Diaz said this issue has made it aware of the issue of not having an ordinance in Rockingham County. She said it affects neighbors living near other noisy complexes and people firing guns.


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