Community Corner

Several residents contributed the following article last summer (2011).  Our apologies to those residents for taking so long to feature their submission on the web site.

Good Neighbour Guidelines

This article is regarding how to establish a culture of better understanding and mutual respect in regards to noise pollution in our peaceful and quiet community of Rothwell Heights.

We have had the opportunity to live in several cities outside Canada.  One of them was Dardilly, a commune in the Rhône department in eastern France.  The commune is the lowest level of administrative division in the French Republic.  French communes are roughly equivalent to incorporated municipalities or villages in Canada.

We liked very much how the commune regulated noise generated by construction / home renovations and power equipment through the “arrêté municipal du 28 mai 1993” http://www.dardilly.fr/tontes-et-bricolage.html

We noticed during our stay in Dardilly that there was a lot of cooperative behaviour and that the bylaw hardly ever had to be used.

Unfortunately, in the City of Ottawa, noise is regulated by ‘Noise By-law No. 2004-253’ (http://ottawa.ca/en/licence_permit/bylaw/a_z/noise/), which we believe is too permissive.  The result is a lot of incidents where “permitted” noise is disturbing.

To supplement this regulation, we would like to propose the following ‘good neighbour guidelines’ to reduce unnecessary noise made by construction / home renovations and power equipment in Rothwell Heights.  We believe that these measures will improve quality of life for people of our community.

We of course understand that not all noise, especially from emergencies or unscheduled activities, can be eliminated entirely.  But our experience is that, with a minimum of effort, the majority of it can be better scheduled to suit everyone, and we would like to try.

1. Construction / Home Renovations

Everyone will make their best attempt to limit construction vehicle or equipment noise to between 8 AM and 7 PM on weekdays, between 9 AM and 7 PM on Saturdays, and not at all on Sundays or holidays.  Whenever it is necessary to work earlier or longer, then the immediate neighbours would be advised in advance, so they could plan accordingly.

2. Power Equipment

Similarly, equipment such as lawn mowers, chain saws and leaf blowers would only be operated between 8 AM and 7 PM during the week, between 9 AM and 7 PM on Saturdays, and not all on Sundays or holidays.

Again a friendly advisory to those directly affected when these parameters have to modified would be greatly appreciated.

Jorge Malisani and Isabelle Lalbin