How it Helps
To promote this type of planning, state transit agencies should coordinate with state and local government officials to design and construct developments in a way that minimizes traffic noise.4 Planners and government officials should compare current noise levels with estimated future noise levels to ensure that the development will not result in significant noise exposure for the surrounding communities. Additionally, geographic information system (GIS) technology can be utilized to analyze urban locations according to noise level.
Noise-compatible planning can be accomplished through zoning regulations, building codes, and other means.2 Municipalities can also manage land purchases by developers and inform community members regarding nearby land uses.
1) Montana Department of Transportation Report on Highway Noise Planning
The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) published a report in 2008 called ‘Growing Neighborhoods in Growing Corridors: Land Use Planning for Highway Noise’ which aims to provide guidance and technical assistance to municipalities regarding how to integrate noise considerations with land use planning. It includes information regarding noise-compatible land use measures, zoning regulations, acquisition of land, and other noise abatement strategies.