Do An Environmental Review Before Setting A Noise Ordinance

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I think the city should be required to conduct an environmental review pursuant to NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) to determine whether a full-blown Environmental Impact Statement should be prepared for public review and input before it decides to establish a noise standard for any part of the downtown area.  It may learn that Track 29 already is in violation of existing laws. 

There are public health standards, workplace standards and environmental standards that need to be considered.

 Future plans underway that will alter the downtown environment structurally, such as apartment complexes, private residences, large and small businesses, retirement and assisted-living quarters, etc., and the fact that downtown is not in the wide-open spaces but surrounded by mountains and ridges causing sound to be contained and bounce and reverberate affect our people outside the downtown area.  For instance, I am forced to tolerate Riverbend without a ticket in the north end of Lookout Valley some 10 driving miles from downtown.

Charlotte Parton
Chattanooga

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