Noise Mitigation Program
Minneapolis has the most extensive airport noise mitigation program in the nation, and it took an important step in 2013 to preserve that program for the future. This action was critical in light of a expiration of old commitments. On May 10, 2013 the City Council approved a measure to have the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) continue to address the impact of airport noise on surrounding Minneapolis communities through an amendment to a 2007 court-approved settlement agreement.
Under the amendment, MAC will use the actual flight data and an FAA approved noise modeling system, to produce annual maps showing which blocks are experiencing a level of noise above the agreed upon thresholds. Any blocks which are even partially measuring at that noise level, for three consecutive years, will be eligible for mitigation. The mitigation package that is provided will be determined by the level of noise exposure and whether or not the property has previously been mitigated by MAC. The amendment to the consent decree was agreed upon by all parties and approved by a Judge. Noise exposure is mapped annually in March.
Properties now eligible for mitigation
In March of 2016, homes became eligible for mitigation for the first time as a result of the First Amendment to the Consent Decree in 2013. Qualifying properties will be notified by MAC by July, 2016. For additional details about mitigation packages and to see a list of properties which are now eligible for mitigation, or who have been exposed to noise for one or two years, go to the MAC website. There is also an interactive tool where you can enter an address to determine eligibility.
All single-family and multi-family units that met the second year of the higher noise impact mitigation eligibility requirement by virtue of the 2014 actual noise contour achieved a third year of consecutive increased noise impact with the 2015 actual noise contour. There are a total of 137 single-family homes and 88 multi-family units that meet the third consecutive year of higher noise impact. Of the 137 single-family homes now eligible for mitigation, 119 homes were previously eligible for the homeowner reimbursement noise mitigation program and another 18 homes were not included. These single-family homes are eligible for one of two mitigation options depending of if they have received mitigation before.
To see if you are eligible for mitigation, and for detail about mitigation packages, visit MAC's noise mitigation page.
Last updated Oct 6, 2016