Aircraft noise is an important issue facing airports and communities throughout the nation. Formal standards were established by Congress under the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act of 1979, which created a single system for determining the exposure of individuals to airport noise, and a standardized airport noise compatibility planning program. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prescribed a set of procedures and standards under the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Title 14 Part 150, and entitled “Airport Noise Compatibility Planning”, commonly referred to as Part 150.
A Part 150 study is a voluntary FAA program that sets guidelines for airport operators to document aircraft noise exposure, and to establish noise abatement and compatible land use programs. These noise abatement procedures and/or mitigation programs must be approved by the FAA in order to qualify for potential federal funding. The study identifies and evaluates two components, aircraft noise and land use, using two distinct, but complementary portions:
History of Part 150 at Centennial Airport
Centennial Airport's first full Part 150 Noise Study was completed in 2008 by consultant Barbara Dunkelberg & Company.
As a result of that study, two committees were formed, one representing the technical aspect of the study (Technical Advisory Committee, TAC) and the other representing the communities (Community Advisory Committee, CAC) around the airport. The consultant worked with the committees to develop and prioritize the following 12 recommendations:
As part of the initial Part 150 Study completed in 2008, Barbara Dunkelberg & Company also developed existing, and future, noise exposure maps (NEMs) based on the recommendations and forecasts.
Centennial Airport then completed a Part 150 Noise Exposure Map Update in 2016 by consultant HMMH that provided a 2016 existing Noise Exposure Map and a 2021 Future Noise Exposure Map.
Centennial Airport is currently in the process of conducting a full Part 150 Noise Study update beginning in 2023 by consultant Mead & Hunt (formally Barbara Dunkelberg & Company) partnered with HMMH.
This serves to provide public notice that, on Aug. 7, 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced its determination that the 2016 Existing Condition Noise Exposure Map and 2021 Future Condition Noise Exposure Map submitted by the Arapahoe County Public Airport Authority for Centennial Airport under the provisions of 49 USC 47503 and 14 CFR Part 150 were found to be in compliance with applicable requirements.
The Noise Exposure Maps and supporting documentation are available for public inspection during normal business hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at 7565 S. Peoria St., Englewood, CO 80112. Maps and supporting documentation can also be viewed online below.
As indicated in 49 USC 47506, as of the date of this notice, no person who acquires property or an interest in a property in an area surrounding the airport, having actual or constructive knowledge of the existence of the Noise Exposure Maps, will be entitled to recover damages with respect to the noise attributable to the airport unless such person can show that (1) after acquiring the interest in such property, there was a significant (a) change in the type or frequency of aircraft operations at the airport, (b) change in the airport layout, (c) change in flight patterns, or (d) increase in nighttime operations; and (2) that damages have resulted from any such change or increase.
You may view the Noise Exposure Maps by clicking the links below: