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The City of Atlanta/Department of Aviation (DOA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), have evaluated aircraft noise in the Airport vicinity for more than 30 years. The FAA approved the DOA’s first Noise Compatibility Program (NCP) in 1984. Since then, the DOA has maintained a comprehensive noise mitigation program that has consisted of both property acquisition and sound insulation for homes and other noise-sensitive sites.

The Department utilizes a Noise and Operations Monitoring System (NOMS) as part of its overall noise program. Due to the efforts of DOA’s Noise Mitigation Program and because NOMS staff emphasize education to those calling with noise complaints, the annual number of complaints has steadily declined.

Aircraft Noise Related Concerns

The DOA continues to implement an Airport Noise Mitigation Program (ANMP) in jurisdictions proximate to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to enhance land use compatibility with aircraft noise.  The policies describing how the DOA implements the ANMP are contained in the DOA’s Noise Compatibility Program (NCP).  FAA approved the DOA’s NCP on January 24, 2008.  The NCP can be found at www.atlanta-airport.com/Airport/Environmental/Farpart150.aspx.

The City of Atlanta and City of College Park entered into a consent order (Civil Action No. 1:08-CV-1464) dated May 25, 2010 in United States District Court to settle a number of matters.  One of the consent order terms pertains to ANMP-related land acquisition within the city limits of College Park.  To comply with this consent order term, the DOA has submitted an NCP amendment to the FAA.  The amendment (language contained below) is to be inserted in the NCP after Section 6.9:

                Section 6.10 Compliance with Federal Consent Order

The City of Atlanta and City of College Park entered into a United States District Court consent order dated May 25, 2010.  The consent order prohibits Atlanta from certain land acquisition activities within the College Park city limits.

Other than the Clubhouse Apartments, located at 3800 Herschel Road, no apartment complexes located within the city limits of the City of College Park may be acquired without the consent of the City of College Park.  For purposes of this prohibition, an apartment complex shall mean any building with four or more residential units.