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FAR Part 150 Noise Compatibility Study

Noise Mitigation Principles Submitted to FAA
On November 6, 2007, the Broward County Commissioners unanimously voted to authorize Kent George, Director of the Aviation Department, to submit to the FAA proposed Noise Mitigation Principles. Before the deliberation and vote, the Commissioners heard the comments from 12 individuals.The FAA will consider these principles for inclusion in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and the Record of Decision (ROD) in the extension of the preferred runway alternative at FLL.These broad proposed Noise Mitigation Principles include:

  1. Apply the long-term/ultimate unrestrained contour
  2. Establish mitigation areas based on neighborhoods
  3. Voluntary acquisition of mobile home parks in the +65 DNL
  4. Sound proofing and easement
  5. Purchase assurance/sales guarantee
  6. Voluntary acquisition of residentially zoned vacant parcels
  7. Provide noise mitigation in excess of minimum federal guidelines

The FAA may choose to incorporate some or all of these principles in the FEIS and ROD. Once the FAA issues their final document, the Aviation Department will later provide a Noise Compatibility Program to the Board for consideration. There will be a public hearing in the future for the Noise Compatibility Program that will ultimately outline Broward County's Mitigation and Abatement Policy.

March 2007 Part 150 Noise Study Presentation
View the presentation to the Board of County Commissioners from their March 6 Workshop (PDF).  

Noise Compatibility Study 
The FAR Part 150 Noise Compatibility Study (PDF) of the Federal Aviation Regulation was established under the Federal Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act of 1979. A Noise Compatibility Study includes the development of a Noise Exposure Map and a Noise Compatibility Program. It involves analyzing existing and future noise exposure, identifying appropriate uses for land surrounding the Airport, and recommending noise mitigation programs to benefit surrounding communities.

The BCAD completed Noise Compatibility Studies for the Airport in 1987 and 1994. Leigh Fisher Associates (LFA) were selected in June, 2005 as the consultant to prepare a new Noise Compatibility Study. This new study is underway and public meetings will be scheduled to receive community input.

Meetings Discussed Noise Study Consultants from Leigh Fisher Associates discussed the Part 150 Noise Compatibility Study and obtained input and feedback from the officials of Dania Beach, Davie, and Hollywood, members of the Airport Advisory Board of Fort Lauderdale, and residents. The meetings were scheduled as follows:

  • Tuesday, May 9, 2006 at 7 p.m., City of Dania Beach Commission Chambers, 100 West Dania Beach Blvd.
  • Monday, May 15, 2006 at 7 p.m. Town of Davie Meeting Room, 6591 Orange Drive.
  • Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 1 p.m. City of Hollywood Commission Chambers, 2600 Hollywood Blvd.
  • Wednesday, May 17, 2006 at 7 p.m., Town of Davie Council Chambers, 6591 Orange Drive
  • Thursday, May 25, 2006 at 1:30 p.m., Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Advisory Board, FXE Airport Conference Room, 6000 Northwest 21 st Ave.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) considers the input from jurisdictions critical to the development and assessment of potential recommendations. The meetings with these local governments provided an opportunity to involve city officials, board members, and the public.

The initial tasks of this Part 150 Study call for the consultant team to assist Broward County (1) identify mitigation elements that will be provided to the FAA’s Environmental Impact Statement for areas eligible for mitigation under Federal guidelines that are impacted by the proposed south runway extension; and (2) develop more general airport noise mitigation policies to guide additional County-sponsored mitigation.

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