One of the most common complaints from Campbell residents is about noise — whether from new construction or from increased traffic. This noise can have little-noticed but significant health impacts and reduce overall quality of life for Campbell residents. For example, the World Health Organization has determined that vehicular noise can harm children’s cognitive development and have negative impacts on health. And statistical data from the U.S. Department of Transportation unfortunately reveals noise hotspots in our region.
Like any other form of waste, we should seek to limit noise pollution, protecting the quality of life for our children and all other Campbell residents.
Through comprehensive Public Transit and Biking strategies, I will work to reduce the total number of vehicle mileage hours within Campbell. For more information, click here and here.
I will create a map that will allow us to identify noise coming from particular sites, whether industrial, commercial, or residential, which violates appropriate noise levels for the neighborhood.
Since in many cases these may be inadvertent, I will work with noise polluters to proactively mitigate sound levels where appropriate and ensure compliance with appropriate residential noise levels.
I will work with staff to prepare and present a citywide Noise Mitigation Strategy. Many of these best practices are already in place, such as encouraging the use of soundwalls for new developments, while other strategies may need to be assessed and revamped.
In the interest of transparency and accountability, the strategy will be presented to the public and shared online.
Currently, the City already studies the proposed impact on neighborhood noise levels for proposed developments.
I will review the guidance used to prepare such reports as well as ensure that reports are publicly accessible in advance at a convenient, easy-to-find location online.