25.8.2 Objectives and Policies: Noise and Vibration

​​​​​Objective Policies​
25.8.2.1
Activities have minimal adverse noise and vibration effects on other activities and sites, consistent with the amenity values of the receiving environment. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​
25.8.2.1a
The amenity values of the surrounding neighbourhood and adjoining activities, especially noise-sensitive activities, shall be protected from the effects of unreasonable noise​.​ 
25.8.2.1b
Construction, maintenance and demolition activities shall be required to minimise potential adverse effects on the surrounding neighbourhood and adjoining activities.​
25.8.2.1c
Noise effects arising from new and altered roads should be managed using best practicable options to ensure noise levels received by existing premises and facilities that are sensitive to noise are reasonable.​
25.8.2.1d
Commercial, industrial and community activities shall ensure that noise received at the boundary of Residential and Special Character Zones is consistent with the residential noise environment.​
25.8.2.1e
Noise from non-residential activities in residential areas shall not unduly adversely affect residential amenity values.​
25.8.2.1f
Temporary events shall minimise noise impacts on residential activities when taking into account the level and duration of the noise.​

Explanation

The policies ensure that noise levels will be appropriately managed to protect the amenity values of receiving environments.

Management of the interface between areas is important to ensure that noise is within a reasonable expectation for the zoning and noise levels meet accepted minimum standards for the receiving environment. Within industrial and commercial areas, higher noise levels are accepted, but will be controlled to prevent unreasonable noise from transferring between sites.

The policies will capture changes to the noise environment arising from new and altered roads. The Plan aims to limit people’s exposure to traffic noise from new transport corridors by reducing noise at the source, and requiring insulation for new development beside busy transport corridors (see Objective 25.8.2.2).

Many construction activities are inherently noisy but methods are available which can control the emission and impact of this noise. Noise experienced during construction is of a temporary nature and provided that noise at inconvenient times can be mitigated or avoided, reasonable levels of construction noise can be accommodated.

​Objective Policies​
25.8.2.2
Reduce reverse-sensitivity effects arising from new noise-sensitive activities locating:​

i.​ Within the Central City, Business, Industrial, Te Rapa North Industrial, Ruakura Logistics and Ruakura Industrial Park Zones.​

​ii.​ ​Near to transport networks.​

iii.​ Within a defined helinoise boundary.

​iv. Within the noise emission boundary of the Te Rapa Dairy Manufacturing Site​.
25.8.2.2a
Noise-sensitive activities locating within the Central City, Business, Industrial, Ruakura Logistics, Te Rapa North and Ruakura Industrial Park Zones or within an existing defined helinoise boundary or within the Te Rapa Dairy Manufacturing Site​​ Noise Emission Boundary should include design and materials to reduce interior noise to acceptable levels.​
25.8.2.2b
Noise-sensitive activities locating near transport corridors that carry high traffic volumes, or railways, should include design and materials to reduce interior noise to acceptable levels.​ ​ ​
25.8.2.2c
Noise-sensitive activities located within the Rototuna North East Character Zone adjacent to the Waikato Expressway (Designation E90) within the habitable building setback should provide sufficient acoustic treatment to protect its residential noise environment.

Explanation

The objectives and policies recognise that some areas of the City contain a diverse range of activities, and that there is increased potential for conflict over noise, particularly when noise-sensitive activities locate near existing noisy activities.

The objective and policies recognise that noise-sensitive activities establishing in these areas will require appropriate design and materials, such as acoustic insulation, to achieve an acceptable internal noise environment.

The objectives and policies also recognise that the noise levels within the Te Rapa Dairy Manufacturing Site​ Noise Emission Boundary were agreed through an appeal settlement on the Waikato District Plan and the area around the Dairy Manufacturing Site​ was subsequently transferred into Hamilton City. Noise sensitive activities locating within the Dairy Manufacturing Site​​ Noise Emission Boundary need to be aware of the existing noise levels within the Noise Emission Boundary.

In the Rototuna North East Character Zone, the use of a specific building setback provision pre and post the construction of the Waikato Expressway (Designation E90) negates the need for additional acoustic mitigation of dwellings beyond the setback and provides protection for the outdoor amenity of residential properties within the setback. However, habitable buildings located within the setback do have an increased potential to be affected. Accordingly noise-sensitive activities establishing in this area will require appropriate design and materials, such as acoustic insulation, to achieve an acceptable internal noise environment.
 

​Objective Policies​
25.8.2.3
Reduce reverse-sensitivity vibration effects arising from​​ new development locating near to the rail transport network. ​
25.8.2.3a
New buildings locating near to the rail network should include design and materials to reduce vibration to acceptable levels.​

Explanation

The objectives and policies recognise that in some areas of the City near to the rail network there is potential for vibration effects. The objective aims to ensure that new buildings locating near to the rail are designed to recognise the environment in which they are located.

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