Land Use Compatibility

New planning directives emphasize the need for urban intensification and for “optimizing” the use of existing land supply. Consequently, there has been an ever-increasing number of planning applications placing potentially incompatible land uses near each other. At the same time, the regulatory regime is changing as well, with changes to noise and vibration guidelines, regulations and policies.

Noise and vibration measurement and modelling studies can be conducted to ensure compliance with land use planning policies and guidelines. Sources of interest include transportation noise sources such as roadways, railways, light rail transit (LRT) systems and airports, as well as industrial/ commercial “stationary” sources of noise.

Measurements are conducted using state-of-the art equipment and procedures to obtain quick and accurate results. Modelling is usually performed using computerised versions of the STAMINA, STAMSON/ ORNAMENT, STEAM, FTA, and ISO-9613 noise modelling algorithms. Model outputs can be either at discrete noise sensitive receptors, or in the form of noise contours (isopleths of equal noise level). Where required, various noise mitigation measures and noise control plans can be investigated and designed, including fa├žade treatments/ specifications, noise barriers, enclosures, and silencers (mufflers) amongst others. Expert witness testimony can be provided.