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Land Use Planning

DAY 1 Course Code: LUP-2


  • Basic information about sound, waves, frequency and properties of sound waves.
  • How sound is measured, sound level descriptors, dB, dBA, Leq, NEF/NEP, …, etc.
  • Simple demonstration of sound levels and sound measurement instruments for land use planning.
  • Calculation workshop, dB additions, Leq conversions, etc. using PC's and free software provided to the delegates.
  • Effects of environmental noise on people.
  • Parameters affecting noise propagation outdoors.
LUNCH: Will be served 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.


  • Classification of sources of noise in land use planning.
  • Ministry of the Environment traffic noise prediction program (STAMSON) for road and rail noise.
  • Aircraft noise contours, NEF/NEP system.
  • Overview of noise levels generated by stationary sources and outdoor propagation.
  • Applicable Provincial guidelines and policies (Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, MTO/MOE Noise Protocol, …, etc.).
  • Federal government role.
  • Railway guidelines; noise and vibration (and safety).



  • Theory of sound barriers.
  • Noise control measures outdoors.
  • Building acoustic insulation.
  • Case history and examples of receptor noise control measures in new land use projects; site planning techniques, sound barriers, orientation, land use concepts, building insulation, use of air conditioning, etc.
  • Case history and examples of source noise control measures, new industrial and commercial land uses.

LUNCH: Will be served 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.


  • The Provincial Policy Statement and how related to noise.
  • Typical municipal policies.
  • Ministry of the Environment D1 and D6 land use guidelines as applied to noise.
  • Ministry of the Environment LU-131 and NPC-205 noise guidelines.
  • Noise study report requirements; feasibility and detailed studies at different levels in the process.
  • Implementation procedures by the developer and the municipality.

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued by the Institute for this course for delegates who attend the full training course.



Course notes and/or a course manual developed by SS Wilson Associates will be provided to the delegates.

The delegates are expected to bring with them the following items:

  1. Any printed information on some of their local procedures, policies, by-laws, guidelines, etc. related to noise; if any.
  2. Download a copy of the following Government of Ontario publications from their respective websites:
    3166e D-1 Land Use and Compatibility
    3166e01 D-1-1 Land Use Compatibility: Procedure for Implementation
    3166e02 D-1-2 Land Use Compatibility: Specific Applications
    3166e03 D-1-3 Land Use Compatibility: Definitions
    3272 D-6 Compatibility Between Industrial Facilities & Sensitive Land Uses
    3272e01 D-6-1 Industrial Categorization Criteria
    3272E03 D-6-3 Separation Distances
    3372 Noise Assessment Criteria in Land Use Planning. Publication LU-131 (October 1997)
    3372e01 Noise Assessment Criteria in Land Use Planning. Annex to Publication LU-131 (October 1997)
    3517 Noise Assessment Criteria in Land Use Planning: Requirements, Procedures and Implementation (October 1997)
    3404e Information to be Submitted for Approval of Stationary Sources of Sound (NPC- 233)
    3405 Sound Level Limits for Stationary Sources in Class 3 Areas (Rural) (NPC-232)
    3406 Sound Level Limits for Stationary Sources in Class 1 & 2 Areas (Urban) (NPC- 205)
    3407 Sound Levels Due to Road Traffic (NPC-206)
    272101 Environmental Noise Guidelines for Installation of Residential Air Conditioning Devices (Sept. '94) (Available from Publications Ontario)
  3. Other reference publications that may be obtained by the delegates for further reference purposes.
    You may wish to contact the Government of Ontario Publications Centre with regards to purchasing or getting a copy of the following publications:
    • Manual for Environmental Noise Certificate Course. October 1998
      © Her majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario as Represented By the Minister of The Environment, 1998
    • Manual for Environmental Noise Assessment in Land Use Planning Course. November 1999
      © Her majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario as Represented By the Minister of The Environment, 1999
    • Ornament. Ontario Road Noise Analysis Method for Environment and Transportation. Technical Document
      Noise Assessment and Systems Support. Approvals Branch. Ministry of the Environment. October 1999
    • STEAM. Sound from Trains Environmental Analysis Method. Air and Noise Section.
      Environmental Assessment and Approvals Branch. Ontario Ministry of the Environment. July 1990
      (Reprinted February 1993, September 1999)
      Copyright © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 1990.
  4. Government of Ontario Bookstore
    880 Bay Street. Toronto, Ontario. M7A 1N8
    Tel: 416 - 326 - 5300

  5. The use of cameras or recording devices are not accepted during the lectures held inside the lecture rooms.

The Institute will provide dell laptop computers for use by the delegates at all times (for maximum exchange of benefit, one laptop will be assigned to each pair of delegates) as well as free calculation software developed by SS Wilson Associates, Consulting Engineers (one copy per delegate).

Course Fees: $1,200.00

The Institute staff is also prepared to deliver similar seminars and courses on noise groups of government officials in their offices provided that suitable lecture rooms are made available. Substitute material will be presented in lieu of the field trips (field trips may still be performed based on suitable sites to be selected by the government officials in their locale).

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