STAFF PERSON: YADIRA AMARANTE
PLANNING COMMISSION: 9/7/04
ADDENDUM TO STAFF REPORT (9/7/04)
On August 2, 2004 County staff had a meeting with residents of the Ivy Community and the Albemarle County School Board.
Some residents expressed concerns that noise levels at the site will exceed those required by Section 4.18 of the Zoning Ordinance. The most often cited item of concern was the anticipated sound of large machinery and truck engines.
The certified engineer's report submitted by Faulconer simply states, "Normal operations at the project site are not anticipated to violate Albemarle County's noise ordinances" (p.17) and that “vehicle idling will be limited, and vegetation and distance should dissipate sound” (p.21). While these types of statements, accompanied by the engineer's certification, are generally acceptable, the fact that it is being raised as a concern calls for an explanation of the technical reasoning or data behind them.
The Zoning Ordinance contains exemptions for construction activities, transient sounds from transportation, and warning devices (18-4.18.05). The sound of motors on-site, and under repair, would not seem to be exempted.
It is worth noting that the County primarily accepts the certified engineer’s report as fact and does not independently analyze their findings. Instead, any discrepancies between the certified engineer’s report and actual noise levels on the property are handled through the County’s enforcement procedures which are usually complaint generated.
The applicant’s engineers are present at tonight’s meeting and are prepared to address these concerns.
I. 9/3/03 Memo from Engineering staff regarding noise level concerns
II. Staff report and attachments
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