February 2014

The final draft of the Environmental Assessment is currently being prepared for submittal to the Federal Aviation Administration.  A public information workshop and public hearing was conducted on the project on January 21, 2014 at the Scottsdale Thunderbird Suites.

The period for public comment is closed.  All public comment received during the official comment period from Dec. 20, 2013 to Feb. 3, 2014 will be included in the final draft along with written responses and will be available on this webpage. This will occur after the document has been accepted by the FAA and is anticipated to take several months.

The City of Scottsdale is conducting an Environmental Assessment (EA) to determine the long term viability of strengthening the Scottsdale Airport runway and taxiways to support heavier aircraft. The runway and taxiways are currently limited to aircraft that operate at sdl_home_photoless than 75,000 pounds; operating weights up to 100,000 pounds are considered on a case-by-case basis. The EA evaluates factors including aircraft noise, air quality, biological and cultural resources, and water quality to determine the viability of permanently shifting the maximum aircraft operating weight to 100,000 pounds.

The EA has been prepared pursuant to the requirements of Section 102(2) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and conforms to the requirements and standards set forth by the FAA as contained in FAA Order 1050.1E, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures and FAA Order 5050.4 NEPA Implementing Instructions for Airport Actions. The FAA is the lead agency for the project.

This purpose of this website is to allow interested parties to obtain information on the NEPA process as it evolves.  Information which is on the website includes the following:

•  Materials from public information workshops and other informational meetings
•  The Draft EA
•  Links to FAA NEPA guidance materials.
•  Ability to comment on the proposed airport improvements.
(Please note:  Comments received during the official public comment
period on the Draft EA will become part of the public record and will be
included in the Final EA.)

Questions? Please contact Sarah Ferrara at sferrara@scottsdaleaz.gov or 480-312-8482.