Noise and light emissions from existing infrastructure need to be considered when you’re building new homes
In Canada, environmental services teams are usually engaged to study the impact of proposed industrial development on the environment. However, as cities continue to expand into traditionally industrial areas, new approaches are required to assess how close a residential development can get before those residents would experience negative effects from existing infrastructure.
The City of Red Deer was planning a new residential development near existing oil and gas infrastructure including gas wells, compressor stations, and LPG storage facilities. As part of the initial process, a co-existence plan was required to assess potential nuisance sources of light and noise close to the development. We designed and conducted the baseline light and noise monitoring field programs and assessed the baseline levels. Our goal? To compare the study results to regulatory guideline levels based on the proposed layout of the residential development. Our team also provided guidance on how to communicate the results of the plan to future residents.
The co-existence plan identified areas in the design that may require mitigation efforts that the City of Red Deer could follow to improve future residents’ comfort. The plan also provided an opportunity for the City, residents, and industry to learn more about each other and to build positive relationships before breaking ground.
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