Denver Metroplex Airspace Redesign

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Project Update

The FAA has announced their schedule for the second set of public meetings.  They have the cities and dates and times, but not the actual locations.

We believe the May 2, 2019 public workshop will be held in the Aurora Municipal Center lobby at 15151 E. Alameda Pkwy from 5pm to 7:30pm.

On April 22, 2019 the FAA will release the Environmental Assessment (EA) and also update the meeting schedule with the actual locations of the meetings.

Please reference this website for updates.   https://www.faa.gov/nextgen/nextgen_near_you/community_involvement/den/.

Here is the announcement from the above referenced website:

Denver Metroplex Project Update

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is providing this update for the Denver Metroplex project. New strategies and technologies in air traffic management are contributing reasons why the airspace surrounding Denver area airports has been identified for Metroplex development. The proposed Denver Metroplex project would allow for more direct and efficient routing of aircraft into and out of Denver and surrounding airports; thus enhancing aviation safety and reducing flight delays.

The Denver Metroplex project is a federal action under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The FAA is completing an Environmental Assessment pursuant to NEPA. The Draft Environmental Assessment is anticipated to be released April 22, 2019. As part of this review, the FAA will hold 12 public workshops at multiple locations around the Denver Metro area.

The workshop dates will be Monday through Thursday over a 3 week period (April 29, April 30, May 1, May 2; then May 6, May 7, May 8, May 9; and finally May 13, May 14, May 15, and May 16). The workshops will be held in the following areas: Aurora, Brighton, Broomfield, Boulder, two in the Centennial area, Denver, Erie, Green Valley Ranch, Greenwood Village, Longmont and Parker. The workshop times will be from 5pm to 7:30pm on each of the preceding dates. The workshop locations will be announced with the availability of the Draft Environmental Assessment. Residents of Denver and the surrounding areas are encouraged to attend the public workshops.

A 45 day public comment period from April 22, 2019 through June 6, 2019 will be available within which to submit comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment. Additionally, the FAA will provide updates on the Denver Metroplex project website with information regarding the Draft Environmental Assessment and the public workshops.

The project website is located at: http://www.metroplexenvironmental.com/denver_metroplex/denver_introduction.html.

Redesign

In 2017 the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) held informational workshops to distribute information on the proposed airspace improvements for the Denver metro area. The FAA hopes redesigning the airspace will address inefficiencies that impact several airports in Colorado including DIA and Centennial Airport which cost over $1.8 million in fuel annually. 

The Denver Metroplex redesign may involve changes in aircraft flight paths and altitudes in certain areas. The City of Cherry Hills Village is currently in the arrival and departure path for both DIA and Centennial Airport. These changes could substantially increase flight traffic over the Village, as much as a flight every few minutes.

Comments

The deadline to submit electronic comments to the FAA through their website was June 5, 2017. The Mayor and City Council are collaborating with other Denver Metro Area communities to oppose the implementation of Metroplex Denver until local communities receive adequate information to assess the impact of Metroplex as applicable to their specific community and have the opportunity to submit documentation to the FAA with respect to noise sensitive areas in their communities, consistent with applicable law.

Residents are encouraged to write letters to their Congressional representatives.  The various addresses are listed below:

Senator Cory Gardner
721 19th Street, Suite 150
Denver, CO  80202

Senator Michael Bennett
1244 Speer Boulevard
Denver, CO  80204

Congresswoman Diana DeGette (1st District)
600 Grant Street, Suite 202
Denver, CO  80203

Congressman Jason Crow (6th District)
3300 South Parker Road, Suite 100
Aurora, CO  80014

Sample letter to Senator Cory Gardner