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Council reviews airport noise contours

Wednesday, November 24, 2021   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: noise, pollution

Environment Canterbury media release: 23rd November 2021

Noise can impact our enjoyment within Greater Christchurch and it is important to ensure any nuisance noise effects are well managed. 

We have received updated noise contours that were requested from Christchurch International Airport.

The draft noise contours report will now be peer reviewed by a panel of independent technical experts. It is important that a peer review is carried out to ensure that the noise contours align with good airport noise planning. The review is likely to be completed early next year (2022).

While we have received the new noise contour modelling, nothing will change immediately. There is a process for considering the changes and how they should apply.

What are noise contours?

Noise contours help us, and local councils, identify areas exposed to aircraft noise – they are essentially a footprint an airport must operate within - so appropriate measures can be developed to mitigate any negative impacts.

This might include limiting development or requiring noise protection in buildings in areas likely to be adversely affected by the noise.

The current noise contours were developed more than 10 years ago to inform:

How will the noise contours be used?

The noise contours will provide useful information to input into the Regional Policy Statement, along with other environmental and hazard considerations.

This spatial planning will set the long-term direction for where and how our urban area will grow over time. Public consultation on the spatial plan is expected to happen in early 2023.

Once the spatial plan has been developed it will be given effect to in the Regional Policy Statement and then the Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri District Plans.

The Regional Policy Statement is expected to be notified in December 2024, leading to submissions and hearings before the new Policy Statement is approved.