Airport Noise Community Roundtable Being Pursued
Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (RMMA), with Jefferson County and the surrounding communities, is pursuing the formation of a community roundtable to address noise concerns at the airport. Most resident concerns seem to center on the frequency and routing of aircraft operations, which remains the purview of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA recommended the formation of a community roundtable as the most equitable platform for considering changes to aircraft operations.
Recently, flight operations have recovered to levels last seen in the early 2000s and, prior to that, the 1970s. RMMA and Jefferson County have heard community concerns over the recovery in flight operations, and have been making efforts to address these concerns through a number of different measures, including:
In the summer of 2019, RMMA airport staff began working with surrounding municipal and county staff on the formation of the community roundtable and initial by-laws. Due to COVID-19 impacts, the formation of the roundtable was delayed. However, staff are targeting July for a meeting to initiate the roundtable process with surrounding communities and stakeholders.
The details of representation, scope of work, and more are on track to be drafted in 2020. The community roundtable process ensures that changes in airport operations and aircraft routing are vetted by all potentially impacted stakeholders, including surrounding jurisdictions, airport users and the FAA.
As a recipient of Federal Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds, RMMA is subject to FAA AIP sponsor assurances that prohibit the airport from restricting airport operations or discriminating against classes of airport users. The Federal government also retains exclusive sovereignty over airspace through Title 49, Section 40103 of the United States Code.