|STUDY GROUP COMMITTEES
Meeting Notes : Navigation Committee
Committee notes reflect the views and opinions of the committee members and not necessarily those of the Noise Compatibility Study Group, Coordinating Council, Regional Airport Authority of Louisville and Jefferson County, or the Consultant Team.
|back to NOTES||November 26, 2001
Attendees: Jim Anderson, Robert Barker, Dannie Bennett, Terry Borne, Dorn Crawford, Mike Eplion, Mary Rose Evans, Robin Harris, George Hudson, Fred Liggin, John Sistarenik, Mike Zanone
The meeting began at 7:15 PM. The main purpose of the committee session was to review materials discussed at neighborhood orientations held since Study Group meeting #5A, and consider feedback and next steps to complete the recommended noise abatement package. The orientations responded to a need for additional outreach to elements of the community expressing concerns about implications of the abatement measures under discussion. The Study Group chair had deferred seeking consensus on the proposed program until these concerns could be addressed. The committee discussed a number of additional steps that were taken as a result:
Issues aired at meeting #5A were compiled, classified and weighed against available facts. This material helped focus the content of neighborhood orientations. As a preview, the committee chair published a short commentary on the dozen points most prominently heard.
Because of concerns expressed about the impact of additional airport operations, noise samples were taken at several sites along the proposed offset approach and departure path for runway 17R/35. Copies of the engineering firms report were circulated for discussion. Members noted that current ambient noise levels already exceed exposure associated with airport operations under any scenario examined. These findings were consistent with EPA benchmarks for urban environments, as set out in reports previously studied by the committee.
To convey additional Study Group background material and previous findings, and discuss questions and concerns, neighborhood orientations were conducted in the Park DuValle (Nov 12, at New Zion Baptist Church) and Portland (Nov 15, at Martin Luther King Elementary School) areas. Participating committee members shared their observations on these sessions, noting that the presentations drew primarily from material shown at Study Group meeting #5A, but covered additional details and tie-ins to previous work. The main elements included:
a look at current noise exposure, emphasizing that this represents
The chair noted that data are also being sought to assess the impact on residential and other noise-sensitive facilities along each lobe of the noise contours, to insure that the expectation of a fair distribution of noise impact is realized. The Study Group has hesitated arraying data at this level, wishing to avoid any indication of a we-they calculus at work in evaluating abatement alternatives. But since the noise contours are already being interpreted geographically in these terms, it makes little sense not to compile information that could be interpreted demographically, which is what matters. The Study Groups objective, in other words, is to minimize airport noise over people, not over geography.