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The City of Decatur is seeking input about the impacts of various noise sources on quality of life and potential noise regulations.

278 registered responses


Which part of Decatur do you reside in?

Response Percent Response Count
Downtown Decatur 19.1% 53
Northeast quadrant 24.5% 68
Northwest quadrant 21.9% 61
Southeast quadrant 12.2% 34
Southwest quadrant 22.3% 62

Were you aware that the City of Decatur currently has a noise ordinance? The ordinance can be found here for reference: https://library.municode.com/ga/decatur/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIICOOR_CH42EN_ARTIIINO

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 68.7% 191
No 31.3% 87

Do you feel that your quality of life has been impacted by current noise levels in the City of Decatur?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 79.5% 221
No 20.5% 57

Which noise source impacts your quality of life in the City of Decatur? (Select all that apply)

Response Percent Response Count
Generators 10.4% 29
Lawn Equipment 68.7% 191
Construction Activities 29.9% 83
Concert and Events 2.9% 8
Traffic 33.1% 92
Other 45.0% 125

What time of day do you notice the most noise? (Select all that apply)

Response Percent Response Count
Early morning (before 7 a.m.) 16.2% 45
Morning (7 a.m. to noon) 70.1% 195
Afternoon (noon to 5 p.m.) 51.1% 142
Evening (5 to 10 p.m.) 38.5% 107
Overnight (10 p.m. to 7 a.m. 19.8% 55
Never 5.0% 14
Other 8.3% 23

Have you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 28.4% 79
No 71.6% 199

If you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise, to whom was the complaint made?

Response Percent Response Count
People making noise (source of noise) 11.5% 32
Property manager/Landlord/HOA 2.2% 6
City of Decatur Police Department 11.9% 33
City of Decatur City Commissioner or Advisory Board member 4.7% 13
I did not know I could complain to someone about this 31.7% 88
Other (please explain) 38.1% 106

In the last twelve months, how often have you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise?

Response Percent Response Count
0 79.1% 220
1 7.9% 22
2 7.9% 22
3+ 7.2% 20

Do you feel like your complaint was adequately addressed?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 12.5% 25
No 23.5% 47
Other 64.0% 128

Do you or your neighbors or nearby buildings have and utilize generators?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes, standby generator 11.9% 33
Yes, portable generator 2.9% 8
No 44.0% 122
I don't know 24.9% 69
Occasionally/Emergency Usage 11.9% 33
Other 4.3% 12

Is lawn equipment (such as lawn mower, leaf blower, etc.) used on your property?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 90.3% 251
No 9.7% 27

If you use lawn equipment, what type of equipment do you use?

Response Percent Response Count
Gas 29.8% 77
Either a gas or electric leaf blower, depending on need 18.6% 48
Battery-powered Electric 30.2% 78
Plug-in Electric 13.6% 35
Non-powered tools (such as a rake) 7.8% 20

How often is powered lawn equipment used on your property?

Response Percent Response Count
Daily 1.2% 3
2 or more times a week 3.9% 10
Once a week 43.0% 110
Monthly 26.6% 68
Seasonally 25.4% 65

Are the services of a landscaping company employed on your property by you or your HOA?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 35.4% 97
No 64.6% 177

How often has construction activity been a nuisance to you or a family member?

Response Percent Response Count
Daily 8.5% 22
2 or more times a week 10.8% 28
Once a week 4.2% 11
Monthly 9.7% 25
Seasonally 18.9% 49
Other 47.9% 124

What type of construction activity has been affecting your quality of life?

Response Percent Response Count
Residential 42.3% 101
Commercial 10.5% 25
Road 15.1% 36
Utility 4.2% 10
Other 28.0% 67

How often have special events been a nuisance to you or a family member?

Response Percent Response Count
Daily 0.5% 1
2 or more times a week 0.5% 1
Once a week 1.4% 3
Monthly 0.5% 1
Seasonally 17.0% 36
Other 80.2% 170

What type of noise restrictions on generators would you support?

Response Percent Response Count
Time restrictions (time of day/testing frequency) 42.1% 106
Changes to building code 9.1% 23
Decibel restrictions 60.7% 153
Other 28.6% 72

What type of noise restrictions on lawn equipment would you support?

Response Percent Response Count
Time restrictions (time of day) 64.3% 175
Place restrictions (based on the land use i.e. residential/commercial) 19.9% 54
Decibel restrictions 60.3% 164
Time restrictions (length of usage) 41.5% 113
Other 34.6% 94

If you would be willing to switch to a "quieter" lawn equipment, what would help you start the process?

Response Percent Response Count
Cash incentive & Rebates 15.4% 39
Information: Health Effects 3.5% 9
Information: Equipment Options 6.3% 16
Nothing needed 39.0% 99
I am unwilling to switch at this time 10.2% 26
Other 25.6% 65
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May 6, 2022, 3:23 PM
  • Which part of Decatur do you reside in?
    • Northeast quadrant
  • Were you aware that the City of Decatur currently has a noise ordinance? The ordinance can be found here for reference: https://library.municode.com/ga/decatur/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIIICOOR_CH42EN_ARTIIINO
    • Yes
  • Do you feel that your quality of life has been impacted by current noise levels in the City of Decatur?
    • Yes
  • Which noise source impacts your quality of life in the City of Decatur? (Select all that apply)
    • Lawn Equipment
    • Construction Activities
    • Traffic
    • Other - Gas powered leaf blowers should be outlawed in the city limits. That is easy to eliminate. Construction and traffic can't be easily curtailed but gas powered leaf blowers could be.
  • What time of day do you notice the most noise? (Select all that apply)
    • Morning (7 a.m. to noon)
    • Afternoon (noon to 5 p.m.)
  • Have you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise?
    • Yes
  • If you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise, to whom was the complaint made?
    • City of Decatur Police Department
  • In the last twelve months, how often have you or someone in your house made a complaint about excessive noise?
    • 0
  • Do you feel like your complaint was adequately addressed?
    • Other - We have notified the city when large construction projects were working after 7 PM. Now I feel somewhat conflicted doing so, because the workers are just trying to make money.
  • Do you or your neighbors or nearby buildings have and utilize generators?
    • I don't know
  • Is lawn equipment (such as lawn mower, leaf blower, etc.) used on your property?
    • Yes
  • If you use lawn equipment, what type of equipment do you use?
    • Battery-powered Electric
  • How often is powered lawn equipment used on your property?
    • Seasonally
  • Are the services of a landscaping company employed on your property by you or your HOA?
    • No
  • How often has construction activity been a nuisance to you or a family member?
    • Seasonally
  • What type of construction activity has been affecting your quality of life?
    • Other - Please notify all contractors doing business in the city to remind their subs that there should be no construction after 7. This becomes more of a problem in the summer months.
  • How often have special events been a nuisance to you or a family member?
    • Other - Special events are fine. We live close to downtown and parking on our street can be an issue
  • What type of noise restrictions on generators would you support?
    • Other - no gas leaf blowers
  • What type of noise restrictions on lawn equipment would you support?
    • Other - I would say decibel, but seriously....just outlaw the gas powered leaf blowers.
  • If you would be willing to switch to a "quieter" lawn equipment, what would help you start the process?
    • Nothing needed
  • Would you be willing to pay more for a lawncare service that uses some or all electric lawn equipment?
    No response.
  • What type of noise restrictions on permitted special events would you support?
    No response.
  • Please feel free to share any additional thoughts below:
    No response.
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