LELAND, NC (WECT) - As neighbors push for a noise abatement wall between the I-140 bypass and their homes, a Leland town council member says the town needs to prevent this situation from happening on highways in the future.
Councilwoman Pat Batleman said there should be a barrier between major roadways if they sit in close proximity to neighborhoods, like Windsor Park. But the councilwoman says that will be difficult to accomplish if the current laws stay the same.
"If the plans for the road were in existence before the plans for the subdivision, then there is no way NCDOT is going to put up a noise barrier," Batleman said, explaining the law that doesn't require the state Department of Transportation to build the wall. "The policy needs to be changed."
Batleman was also surprised by the small buffer space Windsor Park got between the neighborhood and bypass, especially, Batleman explained, when you see how big the space is on the other side of the bypass for Compass Point.
"Haven't heard a word from anyone over there about noise from the bypass," Batleman said. "They have a really generous buffer between the highway and the houses."
Landmark Commercial, the Windsor Park developer, had a chance to put up a wall when it first built the homes. Given the chance to respond, a representative with Landmark Commercial was not free to talk.
The town's transportation oversight committee discussed the Windsor Park noise issue complaints at a meeting Monday. Batleman said neighbors should consider planting trees in their backyards to provide a noise buffer. She also wants the developer to help neighbors pay for the trees.
"For the sake of good relationships with future buyers and sales of property in Windsor Park, the developer should give that some close consideration," Batleman said.