A/E Tech conducted a detailed noise and vibration technical analysis in support of the environmental clearance of the Rancho La Habra Specific Plan. The currently proposed project proposes to remove the 151-acre project site from the La Habra Hills Specific Plan and develop the existing golf course with 402 residential dwelling units, including 277 single-family homes and 125 multi-family residences, along with either 20,000 square feet of commercial development (e.g., specialty grocery, restaurant, or general retail uses) or an additional 46 multi-family dwelling units. Also proposed are open space areas that would include public parks and private recreational areas, a community center, small amphitheater, habitat conservation areas, passive recreational uses including trails, wildlife viewing, picnic areas and tot lots on the approximately 151-acre site.
Since the proposed project site is adjoining existing noise-sensitive land uses and is itself subject to noise from traffic and commercial noise sources, the acoustical study addressed potential noise and vibration impacts on neighboring sensitive land uses and future residential units within the project site. The analysis quantified the existing noise environment in the vicinity of the project site, determined whether noise and vibration levels from construction and future use of the project cause noticeable impacts on the environment or exceed acceptable limits as defined by the City's regulations, evaluated the levels of noise exposure of future proposed homes within the project site to environmental noise, and provided recommendations for noise mitigation.