More homes eligible for plane noise mitigation

Seven blocks of homes located southeast of Lake Harriet are eligible for airplane noise mitigation in 2017, according to Council Member Linea Palmisano.

Plane noise

Many of the 137 homes on those blocks were eligible for mitigation in past years, and different packages are available depending on past improvements. Eighteen homes are new to the program, becoming eligible after three years inside a certain plane noise threshold. To check a home’s eligibility, residents can search an interactive map.

The Metropolitan Airports Commission has contacted homeowners who are impacted.

The increase in noise is caused by arriving planes, Palmisano said, largely due to nighttime flights.

An airport noise committee has asked airlines to curb nighttime flights, but that request has not been successful, Council Member John Quincy said at a recent forum hosted by the South Metro Airport Action Council.

Kate Sande lives under a flight track in Linden Hills, and said arrivals have become “pretty unbearable,” particularly as her husband works from home.

Quincy urged residents to continue making noise complaints via macnoise.com.

In a recent letter on plane noise mitigation, Palmisano said she’s continuing to press for new noise measurements that take the frequency of air traffic into account.

“I want to assure you that the agreement with [the Metropolitan Airports Commission] — which has been in effect since 2013 — does not mean that the City is acquiescing to noise,” she said. “Mitigation is a tool to reduce the negative impacts of noise, but it is far from a solution to noise concerns.  I — along with my colleagues at the City — continue to pursue all possible avenues for noise relief. While I will encourage residents to take advantage of noise mitigation packages, our first priorities at the City remain noise prevention and noise reduction.”