Airport to begin Part 150 Noise Study Update

May 15, 2019 | Newsroom

Greensboro, N.C. – The Piedmont Triad Airport Authority is preparing to update the Noise Compatibility Planning Study for the Piedmont Triad International Airport that was approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in November 2008 per Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 150 (or simply “Part 150”). HMMH, an airport noise consulting firm, has been hired to assist the Authority with the study update.

Two committees will be formed to advise and provide input to the Authority during the study update:  a Citizens Advisory Committee and a Technical Advisory Committee. These committees will provide input on current noise conditions around the airport, will review existing measures that are in place to reduce aircraft noise exposure on neighborhoods, will advise the Authority if any adjustments may be needed to those measures and will comment on study results. Each committee will meet four times over the course of the approximately one-year study update. The meetings will be facilitated by the HMMH team.

The Authority has requested the mayors of Greensboro and High Point, the chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners, the chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners and the mayors of other area jurisdictions to assist by selecting members for the Citizens Advisory Committee. The Citizens Advisory Committee is expected to include about 20 members.

The Citizens Advisory Committee will be chosen from six districts around the airport, with three members being chosen from each district by local officials in Greensboro, High Point, Guilford County, Jamestown, Kernersville, Summerfield, and Oak Ridge. Winston-Salem and Forsyth County will also be asked to appoint one member each.

The Technical Advisory Committee will include airline representatives, FAA Airport Traffic Control Tower personnel, airport tenants, representatives from local planning jurisdictions and others with expertise in some aspect of airport operations or land use planning.

To allow for broader public participation, the Authority and the HMMH team will hold two public workshops, using an open house format, to explain the study, present information and to solicit public comments. These workshops will be publicized.

The study will recommend updated Noise Exposure Maps and possible changes to noise mitigation measures for consideration by the Authority’s governing board. The FAA has final authority to accept the Noise Exposure Maps and approve any changes to the Noise Compatibility Program if recommended by the Authority.

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