TORONTO, Feb. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) today
announced that it has implemented a key recommendation outlined in the
2010 Jacobs Consultancy Report with the installation of a
state-of-the-art aircraft noise barrier at Billy Bishop Toronto City
The TPA engaged Jacobs to undertake a wide-ranging ambient noise study
between 2008 and 2009. To ensure the highest level of public
participation, the TPA formed the Noise Management Study Advisory Group
consisting of local residents and City of Toronto area Councillors. The
TPA held public meetings in 2010 to discuss and gain feedback from the
public on the recommendations of the report, focussing on the following
Establishment of a permanent community advisory committee dealing with
Noise contour measurements that identify flight patterns around the
Noise management and mitigation recommendations.
Over the past 24 months, the TPA has pursued every available practical
initiative with regards to reducing the impact of the airport on the
neighbouring community. The permanent Community Liaison Committee has
met 5 times since it was created in 2011. The impact of the 2009 Noise
Contour Study, which led to an increase to 202 daily commercial airline
slots, was mitigated by the 2010 decision of the TPA Board of Directors
to grant no early morning or late evening slots during the 2010 and
2011 RFP processes that awarded additional commercial airline services.
The most recent initiative in response to community concerns and the
recommendations put forward by the Jacobs Report is the installation of
a six metre-high acoustic barrier at the airport's north west end.
Installation of the barrier is one of 16 commitments the TPA made last
year to Toronto residents, and construction is currently underway
following a lengthy environmental assessment, which delayed the
project's initial timeline.
"The noise barrier's installation demonstrates the TPA's on-going
commitment to accountability and responsiveness to local residents'
concerns," said TPA President and CEO Geoff Wilson. He noted that the
annual update on the Jacobs Consultancy Report's 16 recommendations
would be issued in the coming weeks. Following installation, the TPA
will work in partnership with the community to develop artwork for the
city-facing side of the noise barrier.
In addition to implementing the recommendations of the 2010 Jacobs
Report, the TPA's community commitments include:
Ongoing efforts with the City of Toronto on the creation of a new taxi
staging area in the Canada Malting Lands adjacent to Billy Bishop
Toronto City Airport. The new taxi area will help reduce traffic
congestion and noise near Little Norway park.
Financial support to the Harbourfront Community Centre's (HCC) expansion
of its Room 13 program, an internationally known leadership program for
at-risk youth aged 13-17 that builds entrepreneurial, management, and
Financial support for the 2012 Reel Artists Film Festival being held at
the TIFF Bell Lightbox from February 22-26.
Financial support for Harbourfront's 2012 summer programming, following
the TPA's successful 2011 role as Harbourfront's Lead Summer Partner.
Support for the annual Disabled Sailing Association of Ontario regatta.
Support for the World Wildlife Federation's Great Canadian Shoreline
The TPA has also created a comprehensive operational noise management
program, implemented last spring, that includes a noise management
office with dedicated staff, state of the art technology to track
aircraft noise, and a monthly public reporting mechanism on the
website. This model is based on a similar program in place at Pearson
In 2011, total complaints about aircraft activity were down 33 per cent
from the previous year. Of the total of 216 aircraft related
complaints, fewer than one third were related to commercial activity,
even though the total number of commercial aircraft movements grew in
2011. A detailed report on the complaint system statistics and
response time is expected later this month, and will be posted at www.torontoport.com.
The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) will be constructing a noise barrier
immediately east of Runway 15 adjacent to the Western Gap. It is
anticipated that the barrier will be completed by spring 2012.
The six-metre-high, 82-metre-long barrier will be a rigid vinyl
structure with a core comprising a mixture of new and recycled PVC with
noise reduction properties. It is anticipated that the barrier will
lead to a 10dB range of reduction (perceived by the human ear as half
the sound) from ground level up to five storeys.
The barrier is being erected to mitigate noise in response to community
concerns and as a follow up to one of the 16 recommendations put
forward by the Jacobs Report.
Released in early 2010, the Jacobs Report put forward, as one of its 16
recommendations, that the Toronto Port Authority (TPA) assess the
potential of installing noise barriers at Billy Bishop Toronto City
Following the report's release the TPA conducted an environmental
assessment to investigate the potential for noise mitigation. The
assessment determined that barriers would mitigate noise aircraft noise
from the airport and determined locations that would provide effective
noise reduction. The assessment and subsequent barrier design were
presented to the community in spring 2011.
The TPA will be measuring the barrier's effectiveness following
construction to determine noise reductions.
In February 2010, the Toronto Port Authority (TPA) released a report,
prepared by Jacobs Consultancy, which looked at airport activities and
related noise sources at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA).
The report, which is available on the TPA's website, included
recommendations on possible ways to lessen the impact of noise on the
The TPA commissioned the report in 2008 to assess and identify noise
mitigation measures that could be implemented at the BBTCA. In a series
of meetings with the community during the data analysis period, the TPA
discussed noise measurements and potential mitigation measures with
these considerations included in the report.
In spring 2010, the Toronto Port Authority's Board of Directors accepted
the report and directed TPA management to start working on the 16
recommendations outlined in the report. The TPA immediately established
an implementation team, which in June 2010 issued draft terms of
reference for an "Airport Community Consultation Committee".
In October 2010, the Board approved the Terms of Reference, and the new
Committee dubbed the 'Community Liaison Committee' held its inaugural
meeting in March 2011. As of February 2012 the Committee, which meets
quarterly, has held five meetings.
The Committee comprises several airport, resident and waterfront
stakeholders who discuss issues ranging from the taxi congestion to the
construction of noise barriers. Committee members included
Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Association
York Quay Neighbourhood Association
City Councillor Adam Vaughan's Office
City Councillor Pam McConnell's Office
The Waterfront BIA
The TPA also introduced a comprehensive Noise Management Programme in
February 2011, in response to recommendations made in the Jacobs
Consultancy Report and requests from the community. Consistent with
best practices at other international airports, the TPA established a
Noise Management Office with experienced noise management staff who are
responsible for monitoring aircraft operations using a new state of the
art flight tracking system that was introduced in early 2011.
In addition to tracking flights and monitoring curfew violations and
Good Neighbour Policy infractions the Noise Management Office responds
to noise complaints within five business days and publishes monthly
reports, which are available on the TPA's website (www.torontoport.com) within three weeks of the end of the previous month.
SOURCE Toronto Port Authority
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