Centennial Airport feels strongly the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not followed federal requirements to fully inform residents of the impact of the Denver Metroplex project, not just five years from now, but 20 years from now.
Centennial Airport values its long-standing relationship with neighboring communities
Centennial Airport has worked closely, for more than 20 years, with neighboring communities, residents, and local municipalities to achieve an approved noise mitigation plan. Not knowing the full impact of Denver Metroplex risks upending decades of work and collaboration among airport staff and the Centennial Airport Community Noise Roundtable (CACNR), specifically;
- Centennial Airport’s current noise compatibility program, which has been in place since 2007
- Efforts on behalf of (CACNR)—a grassroots effort that spans two counties and seven communities—to work in concert with the airport to educate pilots, residents, community planners, and developers on ways to balance the needs of the community with the needs of the airport.
More than $2 million invested by the airport in specialized GIS-based mapping systems, noise monitors, Part 150 studies, and other efforts to identify—for the public—those areas most impacted by noise.
Centennial Airport has formally expressed concern on behalf of its stakeholders and is asking the FAA to “do the right thing.”
- In order to shed light on the potential impact, on June 5, 2019, the Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority, which owns and operates Centennial Airport, has filed comments with the FAA, during the specified public comment period, challenging the Denver Metroplex Draft Environmental Assessment.
Centennial Airport specifically asks the FAA to:
- Provide data about environmental impacts for altitudes BELOW 3,000 feet. The FAA’s current Draft Environmental Assessment only looks at impacts at altitudes ABOVE 3,000 feet. People don’t live at 3,000 feet above the ground.
- Complete the federally mandated studies that directly impact Metroplex implementation as specified in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 and make the results of those studies public before moving forward with this project.
Bottom line: Centennial Airport feels there’s important environmental information missing from the FAA’s Draft Assessment as is evidenced in cases filed in response to other Metroplexes
- The FAA claims, in its Draft Environmental Assessment, there is “no significant impact,” but Metroplexes around the country have resulted in thousands of citizens impacted by new overflights and airplane noise. Multiple communities have filed suit against the FAA in response to these new noise impacts.
- Los Angeles
- Centennial Airport stands with its neighboring communities and we want the FAA to address these concerns now—NOT AFTER implementation.