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Updated November 17, 2003

Thanksgiving greetings from ROAR!

As we close our doors and windows to the outside, it’s a good time to consider a few things going on around MSP these days.

1. New construction in the noise zone?

From a single modest home at the end of a runway to a new 157-unit upscale town home development only a mile from the airport, developers are considering building well within the current MSP noise zone. The MAC and ROAR (on the same side of an issue!) both suggest caution when considering building where air traffic will only increase.

Mendota Heights commissioned an independent study by Barr Engineering. It found that noise — both from the airport and nearby Minnesota Highway 55 — could be unacceptably high for the town homes' residents. Barr has recommended that the City Council order further study of the project's environmental effects before deciding whether to approve the developer's proposal.

Read more the Pilot Knob townhome development here and about the new neighbor on 28th Avenue here.

2. Where do those noise contours fall, anyway?

The MAC is working on its new noise contour maps, and on Monday approved a set of numbers and assumptions to be submitted to a federal noise-modeling program. Our sister organization, SMAAC has been diligently researching this issue. They contend that the noise exposure map update for 2002 to 2007 is tardy, based on unfair and unlikely assumptions and projections, does not account for unrealized noise abatement from 1996 to 2006, favors private corporations and is not in the public interest.

The Star Tribune covers the story at:

3. SMAAC Fall Forum 2003

Want to learn more about noise abatement and operations issues at MSP? Our sister organization, SMAAC (South Metro Airport Action Council) is holding their annual Fall Forum on:

Thursday, November 20, 2003
7.00 pm
Windom Community Center
5821 Wentworth Avenue South

AIRPORT NOISE THEN AND NOW AND THEN is the theme of this year’s fall forum. SMAAC’s fall meeting is an opportunity for the public to review airport issue history (“then”), to discuss current concerns with MAC Executive Director Jeff Hamiel (“now”) and to forecast future issues (“then”).

For more information, visit SMAAC’s website.

All our best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!


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