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Transportation & Environment

Intro 397 - Revision of the New York City Noise Code

WHEREAS, Noise is a problem in New York City and Community Board Five and studies have shown excessive noise impacts the health of residents and their quality of life; and

WHEREAS, New York City was one of the first cities in the nation to adopt a Noise Code in 1972 and that noise code has not been updated since its enactment; and

WHEREAS, The Mayor and reports from 3-1-1 have identified noise as one of the major quality of life issues in the city and undertaken a revision of the Noise Code which has been introduced in the City Council as Intro No. 397; and

WHEREAS, This revision in most instances lowers the decibel level for ambient noise and would help address the noise problems many communities face; and

WHEREAS, Specifics of the proposed Noise Code include:

WHEREAS, Community Board Five believes that the following changes need to be made to strengthen the Noise Code:

WHEREAS, Enforcement of the Noise Code is the key element to its effectiveness and we encourage that the Department of Environmental Protection provide adequate resources for this; therefore be it

RESOLVED, Community Board Five supports enactment of the new Noise Code with the above recommended changes.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 27 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention.

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