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Airport to Update Noise Program

(March 20,  2004) Since 1988, Charlotte Douglas International Airport has implemented a noise compatibility program aimed at balancing the airport's operational needs and its impact on surrounding communities. The program, known as the Noise Compatibility Program (NCP), was updated in 1996 and is currently being revised to address changes to noise levels.

Two public workshops were held in 2003 to provide neighbors information about the existing noise program and discuss land use in the airport area. Citizens were also able to review and ask questions about noise and land use graphics prior to the meeting. Andrew S. Harris, Inc., a noise-consulting firm, is conducting the update. A public hearing detailing progress will be held in early 2004.

Since the inception of Charlotte Douglas' program, the airport has spent over $66 million in the local community. The program has involved home buyout, noise abatement, noise mitigation and rezoning property to uses compatible with the Airport. To date, nearly 1 ,000 homes, six churches and three schools have been insulated and CLT has purchased almost 400 properties in high noise zones.

For more information contact the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport Publuc Affairs Office at 704-359-4000 or visit the airport's web site at www.charlotteairport.com.

(Reprinted from "Connections," the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport newsletter, Winter 2004.)