Treasure Coast Regional Airports – Noise Study
Serving as a subconsultant to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 4, Hanson personnel were selected to conduct a study and analyze airport and aircraft noise issues at seven Treasure Coast airports.
The study, which began with a public scoping process in April 2002, included public use airports in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties. These counties include Sebastian Municipal, Vero Beach Municipal, St. Lucie County International, and Martin County- Witham Field airports as well as privately owned New Hibiscus and Indiantown airports. In 2002, these facilities supported a combined 643,457 annual aircraft operations, 752 based aircraft, and a multitude of businesses and industries that serve the region’s growing population.
The regional study formulated solutions to the region’s noise issues as general aviation flight training and operational activity at the region’s airports continue to grow beyond FDOT projections.
The project included an extensive public participation program centered on a study committee consisting of 24 members representing the various stakeholders including community representatives, elected officials, flight school representatives, aircraft owners and pilots, and airport sponsors and managers.
The project recommended improvements to land use compatibility, identified actions the group of airports may take to reduce impacts, and outlined for FDOT anticipated needs that will protect the ability of the Treasure Coast Region’s aviation system to support estimated levels of aviation growth in a manner that is consistent with the areas high quality-of-life standards.
*Hanson personnel provided services on this project while employed by a firm whose assets were acquired by Hanson.