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From: Hobbs, Katherine [mailto:Katherine.Hobbs@ottawa.ca]
Subject: Noise Exemption
Today at Council I put forward a motion to deal with a requirement to extend the timeframe for noise exemption for 114 Richmond Road. A similar motion was put forward for an exemption at Lansdowne Park by Councillor Steve DesRoches. In each case every effort will be made to reduce the impact on the neighbouring houses. In the case of 114 Richmond Road, the contractor deals directly with the homeowners adjacent to the site, informing them of issues with construction that might affect them.
However I wanted to take this opportunity to provide some information about the noise exemption bylaw and what will be happening as a result of this motion passing. First some information and history about the actual exemption period. The period allowable for a noise exemption permit in Ottawa is 11 days. This dates back to the Ottawa Exhibition as it lasted 11 days. There is no decibel level associated with noise on a construction site after 11 p.m. For example if a construction worker puts a shovel in a truck, they could be cited and receive a fine for violating the noise by-law. As per the by law today, the only way to override the 11 day period is with a motion to Council.
Construction activities at 114 Richmond Road are expected to be beyond the scope of the noise-related regulations in Section 7 (Construction) of the Noise By-Law. Customary practices for the construction of reinforced concrete structures may give rise to three categories of noise. These are: 1) Gas operated motors to avoid dangerous water levels until the lower portions of the new structure are connected to City storm sewers 2) Pouring of fresh concrete as it needs to be kept above freezing in order for the curing process to complete. That means a gas-fired portable heater must operate during the “heating season” 3) Operation of gas fired motorized trowel machines operating after each slab is poured, normally into the evening of the day of the pour.
It is important to note that this does not change day to day construction activities on the site. This exemption allows the existing heaters to operate as they have already been doing throughout the winter. This is a very limiting and specific exemption and does not allow any new “noise”. It is important to note that this does not change day to day construction activities on the site. This exemption allows the existing heaters to operate as they have already been doing throughout the winter.
Therefore the noise exemption on this site has been extended. This is a very limiting and specific exemption and does not allow any new “noise”.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Councillor/Conseillère – Kitchissippi
Facebook: Katherine Hobbs for Kitchissippi