Noise Program

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History of Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Program (NCP)
History of CLT’s NCP
How to File a Noise Complaint
FAR Part 150 NCP Update

History of Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Program (NCP)

Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR), Part 150, Airport Noise Compatibility Program (NCP) is the primary Federal regulation guiding and controlling planning for aviation noise compatibility on and around airports. It uses a balanced approach to mitigate the noise impacts of airports upon their neighbors while protecting or increasing both airport access and capacity as well as maintaining the efficiency of the national aviation system.

Implementation of noise compatibility planning was delegated to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Part 150 established procedures, standards and methodologies to be used by airport operators for the preparation of Airport Noise Exposure Maps (NEM) and Airport Noise Compatibility Programs (NCP). NCPs require airports to show what measures the airport operator has taken or proposes to take to reduce noncompatible land uses and for preventing the introduction of additional noncompatible uses within the area covered by the airport’s NEM. The Program acts as an analytical tool while also guiding coordinated efforts essential to responding to changes in both aviation and the local environment. An airport’s NEM is a basic element of the NCP.

Each airport’s program is unique to that airport’s operations. Airports are required to submit FAR Part 150 NCP to FAA for review and approval.

History of CLT's NCP

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) began to implement its federally-approved FAR Part 150 NCP in 1987. The Program was designed to use various methods to mitigate noise impact. Since the NCP’s inception, the Airport has spent more than $67 million in the local community, which includes home buyout, noise abatement, noise mitigation and rezoning property to uses compatible with CLT.

To date, nearly 1,000 homes, six churches and three schools have been insulated. Additionally, almost 400 properties in high noise zones, including mobile home parks, have been purchased by the Airport.

CLT has submitted its updated FAR Part 150 NCP to the FAA for review and approval. NCP’s are regularly updated by airports in an effort to address changes in surrounding noise levels while also maximizing public involvement and satisfaction. During this process, CLT hosted public workshops to provide information about the existing NCP, discuss land use around the Airport and made available the full report including 2014 noise contour maps and noise measurements.

FAR Part 150 documents, presentations and maps:

 Draft Final Report FAR Part 150 Study    Noise Exposure and Contour Maps
 Public Meeting Presentation    2015 Noise Contour Map
 Noise Overlay District Map *    2014 Noise Exposure Map (modified to reflect conditions of
 alternative one) 
     2010 Noise Contour Map
2006 Noise Contour Map
     2001 Noise Contour Map 
 ​2001 Noise Exposure Map
1996 Noise Contour Map

* The Noise Overlay District provides information to buyers related to the areas impacted by noise surrounding the Airport. Charlotte City Council adopted the Noise Overlay District in 1999 to be applied to parcels located within the city limits of Charlotte. The Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners did not adopt the overlay for parcels outside the city limits. Real estate professionals selling homes within the boundaries of this map, the Noise Overlay District Map, must disclose such information to all prospective buyers.

How to File a Noise Complaint

In a continuing attempt to maintain an efficient and responsive Noise Compatibility Program at CLT, the complaint process has been made more accessible and responsive. However, in order to file a complaint, you must include your street address, city, state and zip code.

 Mail a complaint to:  Kevin Hennessey
 Community Program Manager
 CLT Center
 5601 Wilkinson Blvd.
 Charlotte, NC 28208
 E-mail a complaint to:
 Call in a complaint to:  704-359-HEAR (4327)

When making a complaint, a specific date and time of the aircraft noise disturbance is very useful.

FAR Part 150 NCP Update:
Last Chance For Sound Insulation From 1990 PART 150 Program
A certain number of Airport neighbors who qualified for noise attenuation benefits under the Airport’s FAA sponsored Part 150 NCP in 1990 have never exercised those rights. Those qualified homeowners are still eligible to receive sound insulation storm windows, doors and air-conditioning benefits from the 1990 FAR Part 150 Program.
Homeowners are urged to exercise their right to participate in the voluntary program as soon as possible or risk losing these benefits forever when the FAA approves new noise contours as a part of the update to the Part 150 Program, which is expected to be approved by the FAA this summer.
The FAA and Airport are updating the FAR Part 150 Program and, as a result, certain previously qualified homeowners (1990 65 DNL contours) will no longer be qualified to receive these benefits in the near future. This is due to the shrinkage of the 2010 and 2015 noise contours from the 1990 contours. Qualified homeowners will be notified by mail with further information about the program.

If you receive a letter, it was determined in 1990 that you qualified for noise attenuation benefits and you are eligible to receive certain benefits. Please contact Kevin Hennessey, Community Programs Manager at 704-359-4008 for more information. Homeowners who accept these benefits must convey to the Airport an easement for aircraft to fly over their homes.

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