Understanding Noise & Effects

Managing noise effects is pivotal to creating liveable environments, and ensuring the sustainable management of housing, infrastructure and industry. Planning for population growth and land use intensification requires that noise effects are carefully managed and reverse sensitivity effects on significant infrastructure, strategic industries and productive land use are avoided.

It is essential that planners hold a good understanding of the basic principles of the noise measurement and assessment process to aid their assessment of acoustic reports, to inform the development of conditions of consent and to ensure good decision making. This course draws on recognised best practice for the assessment of noise effects under the Resource Management Act, and provides planners with practical guidance using real life examples that can be applied to all aspects of the resource consent and policy development process.

I would recommend all planners attend this course. It was very instructive and educational. I would make it part of a set of compulsory courses for planners”

“Fantastic presentation and extremely informative”
2018 course feedback from NZPI Members

Over four sessions in a one day workshop, Jon provides a comprehensive overview of noise and effects, including the basics of noise measurement, the assessment of noise effects in the resource consent process, guidance from recent cases, and a best practice guide to drafting conditions and understanding the role and function of management plans.

Session 1: The basics of noise measurement and assessment

· The basic methods for the measurement of noise

· Understanding the application of common noise measurement metrics (LAeq, Lmax)

· Assessment locations (notional boundary etc)

· New Zealand Standards and WHO Guidelines

· Understanding intensity, loudness and the subjective increase in noise levels

· Examples of how noise can be effectively mitigated

· Effect of trees, acoustic fences and the weather on noise effects and noise measurements

· Requirements of the Noise and Vibration Metrics Standard (National Planning Standards)

Session 2: The assessment of noise effects in the planning framework

· What to expect from an acoustic report and the peer review

· Written approvals

· Understanding Section 16 and the Best Practicable Option

· The big picture- considering noise rules within the overall objective and policy framework

· What to expect from an acoustic assessment

· The report review process – how to brief an acoustics expert and what to expect

Session 3: Relevant Cases
This session explores several relevant decisions from the Courts and how they influence the interpretations of various sections of the Act and District Plans.

Session 4: Conditions of consent and management plans

· Principles for developing effective and enforceable consent conditions

· Developing conditions to control effects and give certainty, taking into account the complexities and cost of noise measurements

· Examples of good conditions and bad conditions

· The purpose, content, and role of management plans


Jon Styles is the Director and Principal of Styles Group, a consultancy specialising in the measurement, prediction and assessment of noise and vibration. Jon has been practicing in the acoustics industry for approximately 2016 years, and has completed the Ministry for the Environments’ Making Good Decisions programme. Jon has over twelve years service as a Council Member of the Acoustical Society of New Zealand and has been the President of the Society since 2016.

Jon is an experienced practitioner within local government plan making andregulatory decision making processes, providing expertise to inform plan reviews, resourceonsents and Notice of Requirements throughout New Zealand. Some of his recent assignments include East / West Link, City Rail Link, Northern and Southern Corridor Improvements, Ruakura Inland Port, SH16 Waterview Connection, Victoria Park Tunnel, Penlink, Waikato Expressway, Ngaruawahia and Te Rapa By-passes, Tamahere East-West Link, Southern Links, Mackays to Peka Peka, Christchurch Southern Motorway Stage 2, and Auckland's Unitary Plan.

Jon is a regular and experienced expert witness in the Environment Court and has appeared before a number of Boards of Inquiry, including as the Boards’ expert. Through his regular involvement with New Zealand’s eminent resource management cases, Jon is highly familiar with the approach to noise management led by RMA hearing panels, Boards of Inquiry and the Environment Court, across NZ.

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09:00:00 - 17:00:00
TBC, Hamilton, Waikato
All Planners
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