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#15-10 Guide to the management of effects on noise sensitive land use near to the state highway network

Published: | Category: Technical advice note | Audiences: Road controlling authorities, Road traffic engineers & consultants, Roading contractors

Release of the Guide to the management of effects on noise sensitive land use near to the state highway network.

Publication details

The Guide to the management of effects on noise sensitive land use near to the state highway network has gone through the consultation process and has now been published. 

Noise sensitive activities such as a new residential building near to an existing state highway can potentially be affected by road-traffic noise. These activities may also be sensitive to vibration effects from the road. Both noise and vibration effects could cause annoyance and sleep disturbance potentially resulting in adverse health effects. In turn, this can cause reverse sensitivity effects on the state highway network.

This guide describes how the NZ Transport Agency, working together with local authorities and landowners/developers, manages reverse sensitivity effects from noise and vibration sensitive activities. Appropriate setback distances and criteria for acoustically treating buildings are provided, together with model district plan rules and resource consent conditions.

What has changed

This new guide replaces Appendix 5D (Reverse Sensitivity) to the NZ Transport Agency Planning Policy Manual. A similar overall approach to managing new sensitive land use near existing state highway corridors has been maintained. The details of how the approach is implemented have been refined and in some instances have been made less restrictive for people building near state highways.

Publication details

Author: NZ Transport Agency – Environment and Urban Design team
Published: September 2015
Also known as: PPM Appendix 5A
Reference: SP/M/023
Version: 1
Found at: http://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/effects-on-noise-sensitive-land

Further information

Contact the Highways and Network Operations Environment and Urban Design team at
environment@nzta.govt.nz.

Kevin Reid

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