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Noise Compatible Planning

Federal Application

While the Federal government has no authority to control land use development, the FHWA has written several documents regarding NCP. These reports can be accessed on our website by clicking the appropriate hyperlink.

  1. The Audible Landscape: A Manual for Highway Noise and Land Use Abstract: This report was developed to assist local government officials in dealing with the problems of noise-sensitive land uses and to indicate ways in which local governments can guide the development of undeveloped land in the vicinity of highways. It is intended for anyone interested in addressing the problems of highway traffic noise in local growth and development activities. Author: FHWA Publication Year: 1972, reprinted 1974, 1979, 1992 Redistribution Memorandum - Date: October 11, 1995 Contact: The Office of Natural Environment
  2. Entering the Quiet Zone: Noise Compatible Land Use Planning or (PDF - 2.8 MB) Abstract: This brochure 1) summarizes the general nature of highway traffic noise, 2) provides examples of Noise Compatible Land Use strategies either constructed or planned, and 3) encourages a proactive posture by local decision makers, developers and citizens to share in and actively influence land use next to highways. Distribution Memo, September 26, 2002
  3. "Living with Noise" by Chris Corbisier, FHWA Noise Team, Public Roads July-August 2003 discusses the concept of NCP and some of the basic techniques used.
Updated: 7/14/2011
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