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Aurora residents, do you long for the sounds of silence, or is noise not a big deal?

Town holding public engagement process on proposed noise bylaw until July 17
June 24, 2021
Lisa Queen

Does noise -- like sounds from your neighbours, construction and traffic -- get on your nerves?

Or are you more the live-and-let-live type?

Aurora has officially opened a public engagement process so residents and businesses can share their thoughts on proposed changes to its noise bylaw.

The town says it’s modernizing the current bylaw to “ensure that Aurora continues to be a safe, inclusive and enjoyable community for all of our residents. After extensive research and public consultation, we now have proposed changes for the bylaw which aim to strike a balance between respecting property rights and providing flexibility for events like birthday parties, weddings, and religious holidays.”

The existing noise bylaw, in place since 2006, does not address current community expectations, changing legislative requirements and recent changes to the Municipal Act that have changed the authority and scope of municipal noise bylaws, a statement from the town said.

The proposed changes came from the feedback received during a public consultation in March that identified residential noise, construction noise and vehicle noise as some of the major bylaw concerns in Aurora, the town said.

You can have your say by filling out an online survey, sharing a comment or asking a question at until July 17.