Municipal Licensing &Standards staff is now to report back in the fall of 2019 with proposals for a new bylaw. The March 28 ML&S report outlined the history of the unsuccessful Working Group process and recommended new next steps, some reflecting our requests, outlined in the April 9 Toronto Noise Coalition letter.
The new ML&S process for dealing with the many outstanding issues is to
• undertake further consultations with stakeholders using independent professional facilitators (this point was stressed in City Council’s approval) to ensure that all stakeholders are able to provide constructive and focused feedback,
• undertake further public opinion research,
• procure services of an independent acoustical engineer,
• pursue additional research and data analysis, including jurisdictional best practices.
• work with Toronto Public Health to ensure the new noise bylaw is aligned with their noise management action plan, now being developed, and
• work with Toronto Police Service to develop a new enforcement program, given that the Police will no longer be involved.
Watch for updates and how you can participate.