The Environmental Assessment document for the proposed Oak Ridge Airport is available for review now and a public hearing is set for August 8 from 6-8 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel located at 215 S Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830.
In accordance with “National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Implementing Instructions for Airport Actions”- FAA Order 5050.4B and “Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures”- FAA Order 1050.1F, the City of Oak Ridge, Tennessee intends to conduct a public hearing for a new Oak Ridge Airport. The City’s intent is to construct a 5,000’ X 100’ runway, partial parallel taxiway, and associated land side facilities at a location north of U.S. 58 between Perimeter and Blair Roads.
The purpose of the hearing is to address the potential social and environmental effects of the project and its consistency with the goals and objectives of each affected area’s land use or planning strategy. Issues to be addressed include: area wetland, streams, and ponds; archaeological and historical sites; biological issues; airport noise and social effects such as road closures and realignments; view shed and lighting impacts.
In accordance with 5050.4B, a draft copy of the Environmental Assessment document will be made available for public viewing at least 30 days prior to the date of the public hearing at the following locations: Oak Ridge Planning & Development Permit Desk in the Municipal Building’s Utility Business Office lobby, 200 South Tulane Avenue; the Oak Ridge Public Library at 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike, and the Oak Ridge Senior Center at 1405 Oak Ridge Turnpike. A copy of the environmental assessment can also be reviewed by making a request to firstname.lastname@example.org and access to an FTP site will be provided.
The public hearing will be held on August 8, 2023, from 6 to 8 p.m. local time at the DoubleTree Hotel located at 215 S Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37830. Written comments should be submitted by (Aug. 18, 2023, at 6 p.m., which is 10 days after the August 8 Public Hearing).
Interested parties are encouraged to attend or send written comments to (City of Oak Ridge) or FAA Memphis District Office, 2600 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 2250 Memphis, TN 38118 within 10 days following the date of the public hearing. Interested parties may also email comments to email@example.com. Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment-including your personal identifying information-may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
More information and documents can be found at: https://www.oakridgetn.gov/oak-ridge-airport-environmental-assessment