City of Ottawa Takes Lead in Noise and Land Use Compatibility

The City of Ottawa’s 2016 update to their Environmental Noise Control Guidelines  has established the City as a leader among Ontario municipalities in addressing a major side effect of high density development and urban intensification – land use compatibility disputes between neighbours as it relates their noise sensitivities and noise production.

While improved noise guidelines for land use planning were developed and published by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) in their 2013 publication Environmental Noise Guideline – Stationary and Transportation Source – Approval and Planning (NPC-300) , the MOECC has no authority under the Planning Act; as such, adoption and enforcement of the guidelines is at the discretion of the local planning authority.  The MOECC however does enforce the NPC-300 criteria on noise emitting industries under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA); but without equal enforcement of noise guidelines by the municipality during the land use planning process, cases of existing industries that were previously compliant with the EPA forced to install costly noise controls to remain compliant as a result of their new, noise sensitive neighbours, has become all too common, with negative impacts on both the industry and noise sensitive occupants.

The City of Ottawa’s updated guideline takes a major step toward avoiding these land use compatibility issues in their municipality, most significantly through comprehensive criteria for triggering the requirement for noise studies for both noise sensitive and noise generating developments. Additionally, clear guidance is provided for varying levels of noise studies:

  • A Phase 1 Noise Control Feasibility Study, to establish whether or not noise will be an issue;
  • A Phase 2 Noise Control Detailed Study, to provide a detailed assessment of noise impacts and mitigation requirements.

A crucial requirement for the Phase 2 study, is that mitigation measures must be included as specific designs in the Site Plan, not simply as recommendations that a certain criteria be met. By including specific designs as part of the Site Plan Control the City is ensuring that the required mitigation measures will actually be implemented.  This benefits both industry and residential developments by ensuring that all developments consider existing and potential future noise impacts on others, as well as on themselves.

The City of Ottawa’s previous guidelines were already a step ahead in protecting both noise sensitive developments and existing industries, and this update has raised the bar once again.

http://documents.ottawa.ca/sites/documents.ottawa.ca/files/documents/enviro_noise_guide_en.pdf

http://www.cambium-inc.com/publication-npc-300.php

http://www.cambium-inc.com/acoustic-vibration-control.php

 

Cambium Opens Kingston Office

Cambium's Kingston Office at 710 Arlington Park Place
Cambium’s Kingston Office at 710 Arlington Park Place

Cambium is proud to announce the opening of its newest office in Kingston, Ontario. With the opening of the Kingston office, we now have 5 locations across central Ontario to service our growing client base. Our decision to establish a permanent presence in Kingston was an easy one to make. The main factor for opening the new office was due to the increase in service requests from clients in the region coupled with opportunities to collaborate with the existing team of local professionals.

The office officially opened its doors in June, but Cambium is no stranger to the City having already worked in the community and with neighbouring municipalities for many years. At the onset of its phenomenal growth three-years ago, Cambium established regional offices in Oshawa and Barrie. “We are responding to the needs of our clients combined with the eagerness of our team to offer our services to a broader audience,” shares President/CEO, John Desbiens, P.Eng.

Kingston is a strong, vibrant community offering exciting opportunity for businesses and economic growth. We look forward to being a part of the community for many years to come.

http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/2016/07/07/peterborough-engineering-consulting-firm-cambium-expanding-to-kingston