As the May / June deadline for the opening approaches, I’m sure this centre will attract a lot of media attention, hopefully not for the wrong reasons. The planning and hastily positioning of this centre has been flawed from the start. Placing it only metres from an R-1 Residential area with no protection from the noises which will emanate from this facility has potentially set this venue and its users up for constant conflict with local neighbours of 99A and 99 Ave. This can be no surprise to the Town Office as I personally presented this issue, prior to construction, to the Developmental Permit Board, Town Council and during an appeal against the building permit being issued, where I actually won the argument on potential noise. But the permit was allowed to stand.
May 6, 2010 Notice of Appeal Decision:
“The Board is of the opinion that the potential noise levels that will be generated from the site related to the use of the facility will exceed acceptable levels. Evidence that was presented by both the appellant and the proponent relating to the expected noise levels to be generated from the development is cause for concern, and it is expected that the noise will exceed acceptable levels with a frequency that will negatively affect the quality of life of those living in such close proximity to the development. Sound mitigation methods are required, and the extent of these methods should be discussed and decided through the local democratic process.”
Initially I presented a petition to Council requesting that noise attenuation measures, more specifically, a sound barrier wall be constructed between the residences of 99A Ave. and the centre, where our current fence now stands. The Town has taken the stance that no evidence exists to base my concerns on and therefore they will have to take the “wait and see approach” as to what sound mitigation measures are required. Yet the architect of this facility presented a sound analysis by ACI (Acoustical Consultants Inc.) based on the building structure and insulation methods used prior to construction which stated ” Peak music sound levels for the concert, estimated at 120dBA, result in peak sound levels in the residential yard of 71dBA; this represents definite speech interference.”
And the above issues don’t even touch on the noise generated as parties, such as wedding receptions, anticipated to be running until late hours of the night every weekend.
This Town has acknowledged that they expect that the resident’s quality of life will be “negatively affected”, yet they chose to go ahead with the project. And I have been very clear, that I will not wait three years for them to study, contract and build suitable noise attenuation prior to bringing this issue before the courts for damages. Therefore the bottom line is; you built it, now you better control it.
More information on this subject can be found on FaceBook: Morinville Community Cultural Centre (Those Against).