Several proposed changes to Orono’s noise ordinance are currently being mulled.

The town’s noise ordinance has not been updated for a number of years. During that same time, however, some zoning districts have changed. As a result, the noise ordinance needs to be aligned with these changes.

Key proposed changes include setting sound pressure levels for zoning districts that have been newly created or changed during the past decade; using an hourly averaging approach similar to that used by Maine Department of Environmental Protection; and prescribing certain measurement procedures.

The proposed amendments, which the town council will be reviewing in the near future, are available on the Orono Planning Department website at www.orono.org/planning.

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