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Approval of Noise Compatibility Program; Capital City Airport, Lansing, MI

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Federal Aviation Administration, DOT.




The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces its findings on the noise compatibility program submitted by Capital Region Airport Authority under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. (the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act, hereinafter referred to as “the Act”) and 14 CFR part 150. These findings are made in recognition of the description of Federal and nonfederal responsibilities in Senate Report No. 96-52 (1980). On February 7, 2005 the FAA determined that the noise exposure maps submitted by Capital Region Airport Authority under part 150 were in compliance with applicable requirements. On August 5, 2005, the FAA approved the Capital City Airport noise compatibility program. All of the recommendations of the program were approved. No program Start Printed Page 48463elements relating to new or revised flight procedures for noise abatement were proposed by the airport operator.


The effective date of the FAA's approval of the Capital City Airport noise compatibility program is August 5, 2005.

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Ms. Katherine S. Jones, Community Planner, Detroit Airports District Office, Metro Airport Center, 11677 South Wayne Road, Suite 107, Romulus, Michigan, Phone (734) 229-2900. Documents reflecting this FAA action may be reviewed at this same location.

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This notice announces that the FAA has given its overall approval to the noise compatibility program for Capital City Airport, effective August 5, 2005.

Under section 47504 of the Act, an airport operator who has previously submitted a noise exposure map may submit to the FAA a noise compatibility program which sets forth the measures taken or proposed by the airport operator for the reduction of existing non-compatible land uses and prevention of additional non-compatible land uses within the area covered by the noise exposure maps. The Act requires such programs to be developed in consultation with interested and affected parties including local communities, government agencies, airport users, and FAA personnel.

Each airport noise compatibility program developed in accordance with Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) part 150 is a local program, not a Federal program. The FAA does not substitute its judgment for that of the airport proprietor with respect to which measures should be recommended for action. The FAA's approval or disapproval of FAR part 150 program recommendations is measured according to the standards expressed in part 150 and the Act and is limited to the following determinations:

a. The noise compatibility program was developed in accordance with the provisions and procedures of FAR part 150;

b. Program measures are reasonably consistent with achieving the goals of reducing existing non-compatible land uses around the airport and preventing the introduction of additional non-compatible land uses;

c. Program measures would not create an undue burden on interstate or foreign commerce, unjustly discriminate against types or classes of aeronautical uses, violate the terms of airport grant agreements, or intrude into areas preempted by the Federal Government; and

d. Program measures relating to the use of flight procedures can be implemented within the period covered by the program without derogating safety, adversely affecting the efficient use and management of the navigable airspace and air traffic control systems, or adversely affecting other powers and responsibilities of the Administrator prescribed by law.

Specific limitations with respect to FAA's approval of an airport noise compatibility program are delineated in FAR part 150, seciton 150.5. Approval is not a determination concerning the acceptability of land uses under Federal, State, or local law. Approval does not by itself constitute an FAA implementing action. A request for Federal action or approval to implement specific noise compatibility measures may be required, and an FAA decision on the request may require an environmental assessment of the proposed action. Approval does not constitute a commitment by the FAA to financially assist in the implementation of the program nor a determination that all measures covered by the program are eligible for grant-in-aid funding from the FAA. Where federal funding is sought, requests for project grants must be submitted to the FAA Airports District Office in Romulus, Michigan.

Capital Region Airport Authority submitted to the FAA on February 1, 2005, the noise exposure maps, descriptions, and other documentation produced during the noise compatibility planning study conducted from 2004 through 2005. The Capital City Airport noise exposure maps were determined by FAA to be in compliance with applicable requirements on February 7, 2005. Notice of this determination was published in the Federal Register on March 18, 2005 (FR Doc. 05-5341 Filed 3-17-05; 8:45 am).

The Capital City Airport study contains a proposed noise compatibility program comprised of actions designed for phased implementation by airport management and adjacent jurisdictions from 2005 to 2008. It was requested that the FAA evaluate and approve this material as a noise compatibility program as described in section 47504 of the Act. The FAA began its review of the program on February 7, 2005 and was required by a provision of the Act to approve or disapprove the program within 180 days (other that the use of new or modified flight procedures for noise control). Failure to approve or disapprove such program within the 180-day period shall be deemed to be an approval of such program.

The submitted program contained six (6) proposed actions for noise mitigation on and/or off the airport. The FAA completed its review and determined that the procedural and substantive requirements of the Act and FAR part 150 have been satisfied. The overall program, therefore, was approved by the FAA effective August 5, 2005.

Outright approval was granted for all of the specific program elements. These elements were: Encourage real estate sellers to provide notification of potential noise impacts; Encourage local jurisdictions to require new development to provide proper sound insulation in noise-impacted areas through the building code process; encourage local jurisdictions to enact/continue an environmental review process that allows for Airport review of new development to ensure consideration of noise issues/impacts; encourage local jurisdictions to develop policies related to noise impacts in Comprehensive Plans to encourage compatible development in noise-impacted areas; present noise exposure contours at various public outreach efforts to continue public awareness of community noise exposure; and update noise exposure maps in five years or with a significant change in aircraft activity, fleet mix, or physical layout.

These determinations are set forth in detail in a Record of Approval signed by the Associate Administrator of Airports on August 5, 2005. The Record of Approval, as well as other evaluation materials and the documents comprising the submittal, are available for review at the FAA office listed above and at the administrative offices of the Capital Region Airport Authority, Capital City Airport, 4100 Capital City Boulevard, Lansing, Michigan 48906. The Record of Approval also will be available on-line at​arp/​environmental/​14cfr150/​index14.cfm.

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Issued in Romulus, Michigan, August 9, 2005.

Winsome A. Lenfert,

Acting Manager, Detroit Airports District Office.

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[FR Doc. 05-16329 Filed 8-16-05; 8:45 am]