As an elected official who represents the EWR Airport study area and/or its surroundings, we wanted to share with you important information about the upcoming two public workshops. Public workshops are an important component of the Part 150 Studies and are used to communicate and educate the public about the study process and findings; and give the public an opportunity to provide vital input. The workshops will include guided displays that present information regarding the Part 150 Study process, the project schedule, noise metrics, methods used to quantify aircraft noise exposure, and the draft Noise Exposure Maps for Existing Conditions (2016) and Future Conditions (2021).
The workshops will be held in an “open house” format in order to provide the public with the maximum opportunity for one-on-one interaction and sharing of information and concerns. The public may attend the workshops at any time during the three-hour open house.
1) PUBLIC WORKSHOPS INFORMATION
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Location: Hilton Newark Penn Station
1048 Raymond Blvd.
Newark, NJ 07102
Parking: Self-parking in hotel garage; will be validated at the workshop
Mass Transit: NJ Transit Bus Lines #319, #67, #108
NJ Transit Rail Newark Penn Station, NJPAC / Centre Street Light Rail, Penn Station Light Rail, Military Park Light Rail Station
Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016
Location: Kean University STEM Building
Donald R. Conklin Conference Center, 6th Floor
1075 Morris Ave.
Union, NJ 07083
Parking: Free on-campus parking available
Mass Transit: NJ Transit Bus Lines #52, #26, #113
NJ Transit Rail Union Station on Raritan Valley Line (Located directly across the street from Kean’s main campus), Elizabeth Station on Northeast Corridor (Located on West Gran Avenue, two miles from campus)
Attached to this e-mail are the workshop flyers in English, Spanish and Portuguese, as well as materials that will be available at the workshop. I hope you will share these with your constituents, community groups, etc. and encourage their participation.
2) EWR Draft Noise Exposure Map (NEM) Report
The Draft EWR NEM Report will be released for public review and comment today October 20, 2016. This Report will be available on the EWR Part 150 website at: http://panynjpart150.com/EWR_DNEM.asp, and at locations listed below:
LOCATION 1: The Port Authority of NY & NJ
Newark Liberty International Airport
Building One – Port Authority Administrative Offices
1 Conrad Rd (EWR Airport)
Newark, NJ 07114
Hours: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (M-F)
LOCATION 2: The Newark Public Library
5 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07101
Hours: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (M-F)
LOCATION 3: Elizabeth Public Library
11 South Broad Street
Elizabeth, New Jersey 07202
Hours: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (M-F)
The Report will show the inputs and methodology used in developing the noise exposure maps.
3) OFFICIAL COMMENT SUBMITTAL
· Post Mail: The Port Authority of NY & NJ
4 World Trade Center
150 Greenwich Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10007
Attn: NJ Part 150 Study
Comments must be received by 5:00 P.M. on November 18, 2016. Members of the public will also be able to review and comment on the Draft EWR NEM Report at the workshop.
4) 14 CFR PART 150 NOISE COMPATIBILITY PLANNING STUDY – PROGRESS TO DATE
The Port Authority has embarked on its first ever Part 150 Studies for their airports in New York and New Jersey. There are four separate studies in progress for JFK, LGA, EWR, and TEB.
Part 150 regulation provides a vehicle for airport operators to undertake studies that provide the public with information about existing and future non-compatible land uses around airports and to create measures that reduce and prevent the introduction of new, non-compatible land uses. A non-compatible land use is the use of land that is impacted by aircraft noise in excess of Day Night Level (DNL) 65 decibels, the thresholds established in Part 150 regulation. Part 150 studies involve the creation of Noise Exposure Maps and Noise Compatibility Programs.
· A Noise Exposure Map (NEM) is designed to clearly identify an airport's present and future noise patterns and the land uses, which are not compatible with those noise patterns.
· A Noise Compatibility Program (NCP) shows what measures the airport operator has taken or proposes to take to reduce and/or prevent the introduction of non-compatible land uses within the area covered by the airport’s NEM.
Part 150 Studies vary in duration depending on a number of factors including, but not limited to, the complexity of the airport operations and local airspace, availability of data, the public outreach process, and agency review periods. The current estimated duration of EWR Airport’s Study is approximately three to four years. The PANYNJ is committed to taking the time required to provide the FAA with NEMs and an NCP for these airports that meet requirements of 14 CFR Part 150.
To date, much of the focus of the two Studies has been on the collection and verification of data and the development of the Noise Exposure Maps (NEM). The HMMH Study Team (Study Team) worked closely with the FAA and the PANYNJ to collect and review runway usage data and to develop flight tracks, which most accurately represent how aircraft are currently flown at EWR Airport. Per the Part 150 regulations, the Study Team also developed a five-year forecast for conditions at EWR for the year 2021, which will account for the types and number of aircraft that are expected to be flown and any changes to the airspace around these airports that would affect where aircraft are flown in the future. All of this information was used to develop the noise contours for the NEM. The Draft NEM was sent to the FAA for review this summer (2016). After submittal of the NEMs, the Study Team, in coordination with the PANYNJ and the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), will begin to develop the NCP, which will identify specific approaches and strategies to reduce noise exposure to identified incompatible land uses.
The NEMs that have been developed for the Part 150 Study include a 2016 map showing existing conditions and a 2021 map showing future conditions. They depict DNL noise contours and will serve as the basis for the next phase of the Studies, the Noise Compatibility Program that will explore operational, land use, and administrative measures to minimize aircraft noise exposure.
Thank you for your continued support. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions and again all information on the EWR Part 150 process is available online at http://panynjpart150.com/EWR_homepage.asp.
NJ Government & Community Relations