Municipality seeking input on Draft Noise By-Law

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The Municipality of North Grenville is encouraging residents to provide any comments on an amended draft Noise By-Law. The proposed amendments are in response to requests in the community for better regulation of this issue.

Highlights of the draft Noise By-Law include:

Stronger provisions with respect to reducing the incidents of noise created by modified mufflers. Adopting an “unreasonable and persistent noise” prohibition. “Unreasonable” and “Persistent Noise” is defined as noise that would otherwise be permitted but is likely to disturb the peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort or convenience of a reasonable person and is continuously or intermittently heard for a period of more than ten minutes per hour or more.

Unreasonable noise does NOT include commonplace household or workplace sounds such as the sound of furniture being moved, children playing, people engaging in conversation or the use or operation of powered and non-powered equipment for domestic or commercial maintenance purposes such as lawn mowers, leaf blowers, chain saws, power tools or other similar devices. Snow removal activities are exempt from the Noise By-Law, including any back-up alarms associated with such activities.

Motor vehicles would not be permitted to idle for periods in excess of 5 minutes within a residential area, except under certain circumstances such as low temperatures and car maintenance.

Streamlines the process to apply for an exemption from the by-law, for example for special events.

Members of the public can provide comments on the draft By-Law until 4:00 pm, April 19, 2021 by email at input@northgrenville.on.ca or by mail at 285 County Road 44, P.O. Box 130, Kemptville, Ontario, K0G 1J0. The draft Noise By-Law can be read in full on our website at www.northgrenville.ca.

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