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LAST CHANCE TO HELP REDUCE EXCESSIVE NOISE!



Noise Bylaw Review


LAST CHANCE TO HELP REDUCE EXCESSIVE NOISE!


On Tuesday, February 6, City Council will be approving recommendations for the Noise Bylaw Review.


Excessive noise is a health issue. As the City grows and changes, noise issues are changing. Addressing these issues in the City must be an important ongoing, important and multifaceted endeavour.


See EC.9 Implementation of the Noise Bylaw Review with additional motions made by the Economic and Community Development Committee on January 11 at https://secure.toronto.ca/council/agenda-item.do?item=2024.EC9.5.


But more recommendations for changes are needed .……



TNC comments - proposed new recommendations are marked *


CONTINUE TO IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY OF NOISE BY LAW REGULATIONS


  • The noise maker must be responsible for impacting others with excessive noise, where possible. Now an inspector will arrive at the point of reception, such as at a home, days later after a complaint is made which may not be useful. Also an inspector’s visit can be an intrusive option where other options are available. But continue to allow measurement at point of reception as there are situations where this is the only way to measure the sound level.

  • Reduce some currently permitted noise levels

* Reduce the permitted noise level of motorcycle exhausts from 92/96 dB(A) to 81/85 dB9A)

* Reduce indoor and outdoor noise levels to 45dB outdoors and 35dB indoors.

* Ensure that measures to eliminate the excessive noise and pollution from gas powered leaf blowers will be recommended in the upcoming report.

* Add regulations to reduce excessive noise from party boats in the Harbour and on the Lake. Their excessive noise disturbs thousands of people lining around the Harbour and there are no current or proposed regulations.

* Eliminate the exemption for night garbage collection.


MAKE USE OF NEW TECHNOLOGIES

  • * Request the Province for permission to make use of:

- Broadband back up beepers that are much quieter then the ones currently uses for construction sites and garbage trucks, etc.

- Noise cameras as an effective way to measure vehicular noise such as noise from modified mufflers, use for monitoring sound from party boats, street noise etc.

  • * Investigate ways to reduce unnecessarily high noise levels of current sirens.


MAKE MORE EFFECTIVE USE OF OTHER CITY RESOURCES

  • Continue to explore ways that the other City Divisions and other organizations to make our City quieter

  • Make use of other tools


CONTINUE TO STRENGTHEN PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

  • Ensure that the public is an ongoing partners in making our City quieter. We can all help. role.

- Continue to improve the provision of information to the public.

- *Include advice for residents as to how to address issues from noisy neighbours..

- Provide for an ongoing consultation process that involves residents, businesses and noise maker, to monitor progress and address new issues that will arise.

- Ensure exemption permits are posted on site to inform neighbours.

CONTINUE TO STRENGHTHEN ENFORCEMENT CAPABILITIES

  • Many improvements are needed.

- Continue to improve the 311 services to provide more timely and relevant information.

- * Add night time enforcement services – excessive noise does not stop at 2am.

- * Substantially increase fines especially for excessive amplified and construction noise and repeat offenders.

- * Ensure neighbours are aware of nearby sites subject to exemptions.

- * Encourage use of construction management plans developed with neighbours to ensure consideration of local conditions and to promote communications during construction.

PROVIDE PROCESSES FOR ONGOING CONSULTATION WITH STAKEHOLDERS

- * Report on consultation processes to review current issues and opportunities to ensuring development of improvements to the noise management system as new issues arise as well as to review the impacts of the changes that will be approved by Council.

- The issues of excessive noise and the opportunities to make improvements will continue to change and are ongoing. Bringing together the noisemakers, members of the public and the many City Divisions involved will help to develop improvements to our noise management systems.

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