Driveway brings 'noise'

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Old 03-09-15, 09:55 AM
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Driveway brings 'noise'

Hello:
My elderly parents' next neighbor planned to build driveway.

Their planned driveway locate right next to their bedroom on which they expressed their concern at the county meeting. However, obviously they got permit. They can build it anytime now.

What should they take the next step?

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As long as they meet the setback requirements there's not much you can do.
Not sure how a driveway is going to make enough noise to be an issue with a vehicle coming and going once or twice a day.
I'm sure the cars going down the road are making far more noise.
 
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I agree. If they don't like it, put up a fence.
 
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.... or shrubbery. How close is the driveway and their house to the property line?
 
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The reality is no one likes change, older people tend to be set in there ways.
If they own a small lot at some point someone was going to be building next door.
Want totally privacy then there in the wrong location.
Not meant to be mean in anyway just the way it is.
 
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You could go to your county's website, go to their section "Department of Planning and Growth" and report a property complaint, or go to the board of appeals.

I agree with Joe though... I know some people want to be able to dictate what their neighbors can and cannot do, but if it's on their property and its legally allowed, they are barking up the wrong tree.

Try having a neighbor's house and driveway 8 feet from your bedroom window with a house full of inbreds that run a mechanic's shop at all hours of the night... and a big fat barking dog they let loose to poop in your yard. Welcome to my world. Just sayin... it could be worse.
 
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What kind of next steps are you looking for? The AHJ approved the driveway, that's pretty much the end of the story.
 
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Old 03-10-15, 05:24 AM
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Thanks for the responses and advices.

My parents started thinking about 'fence' made by cinder-blocks that blocks noise.

Any other ideas would be appreciated.
 
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You'd need to check first to see if a block wall/fence is allowed and what the set back requirements along with how deep the footer would need to be. It would be the most expensive option
 
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OK, I'm following now - you're looking for mitigation to the noise.

If there's room, my thought to cheap and quick would be to plant some evergreen bushes as a hedge.
 
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