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  Proposed South Runway
  Environmental Impact Statement
  Runway Alternatives Presented to Commissioners
  EIS Workshop Held at Convention Center
   
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  Environmental Assessment (EA)

  PROPOSED SOUTH RUNWAY EXPANSION

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ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT

On December 9, 2003, the Board of Broward County Commissioners approved an alternative for a modified south runway expansion, which stays within the confines of Northeast 7th Avenue. In addition, the Board also voted to continue with the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. The EIS is a study mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which reviews the future environmental impacts of a proposed project, such as the runway expansion. The contract for this study was awarded to Landrum & Brown, and the Broward County Aviation Department issued the "Notice to Proceed" on July 29, 2004.

The FAA anticipates issuing a Draft EIS (DEIS) document 18 months after the publication of the NEPA required "Notice of Intent" in the Federal Register, which occurred on January 19, 2005. A key component of the study will be public involvement. The FAA hosted a public scoping workshop on February 24, 2005, to receive comments from the public.

Please click on the links below for information provided to the public at the public scoping workshop. In addition, the public may view this information at the Aviation Department's Community Outreach Office, 550 Northwest 10th Street, Dania Beach.

Narrative – Assessment of Airfield Development Alternatives Project Update presentation by Leigh Fisher Associates (LFA) October 1, 2003.

Narrative - Assessment of Airfield Development Alternatives Final Report Prepared by Leigh Fisher Associates (LFA) November, 2003.

Narrative - Proposed Reconstruction of Runway 9R/27L Preliminary Evaluation of Runway Lengths & grades prepared by URS Corporation March, 2004.

RUNWAY ALTERNATIVES PRESENTED TO COMMISSIONERS

On January 17, 2006, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners received a briefing on the seven runway alternatives that FAA will evaluate in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS is necessary because of Broward County’s proposal to expand the south runway (Runway 9R/27L) to accommodate larger air carrier jet aircraft. After the briefing, the Commissioners asked questions and made comments. Based on the comments, the FAA will also evaluate an eighth runway alternative.

Aviation Department staff and consultants were on hand to answer questions after the workshop.

To view the FAA presentation in Adobe PDF format (6.8 mgb), click here.

EIS WORKSHIP HELD AT CONVENTION CENTER

Over 90 people attended the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Interim Public Workshop held on Thursday, February 2, 2006 from 4 8 p.m. at the Broward County Convention Center. Representatives from the FAA, Broward County Aviation Department, EIS Consultants, Master Plan Consultants, and Part 150 Consultants were available to answer the publics' questions.

The attendees learned about the EIS process and runway alternatives through more than 60 charts, graphs, and aerial photographs. The public also provided their written comments to the FAA. The FAA hosted this Interim Public Workshop for the public to discuss the EIS preparation directly with the FAA and consultants.

 


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  MASTER PLAN UPDATE

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Aerial west view.

BACKGROUND

Leigh Fisher Associates has been engaged by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners to assist the Broward County Aviation Department in creating an Airport Development Plan Definition (ADPD). The ADPD is the first part of a two-phase update process for the FLL Master Plan, which addresses the expansion of FLL terminals and ancillary facilities from 2010 - 2020.

The ADPD process will provide County decision-makers with a range of potential future scenarios for the full build-out of FLL landside and terminal facilities. It will also provide a clear understanding of the technical issues associated with that build-out. Key areas addressed in the ADPD will include:

  • Manage growth and impacts.
  • Financial capacity once Airline Agreements expire in 2011.
  • Airfield configuration, operational capacity and airspace compatibility.
  • Terminal capacity and facilities.
  • Landside access and parking.
  • Synergies with Port Everglades, including the handling of cruise passengers.
  • Role of 2020 Vision planning concepts.
  • Balancing of airfield, terminal and landside development.
  • Ongoing role of General Aviation at FLL.
  • Development opportunities and constraints on the Airport's west side.
  • Infrastructure needs (including fuel, power, water, sewer).
  • Coordination with the Runway 9R/27L Environmental Impact Statement Consultant Team, the Part 150 Study and Environmental Services.
  • Stakeholder involvement process.

The first in a series of public workshops was held on March 31, 2005, at the Broward County Convention Center. This workshop provided a general overview of the study.

COMMISSION WORKSHOP

The Broward County Board of County Commissioners held a Master Plan Update Workshop on Tuesday, October 18, 2005.

Leigh Fisher Associates presented to the Commissioners the initial draft of Phase 1 of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Master Plan.

In addition, the Aviation Department updated the Commissioners on the status and schedule of other vital planning initiatives including the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), Clean Airport Partnership, Inc. Green Airport Initiative (GAI), and (FAR) Part 150, Airport Noise Compatibility Study.

Airport Master Plan Phase 1 - .pdf (2MB)
Airport Planning Initiatives Workshop
Airport Planning Initiatives Workshop .pdf (5MB)

PUBLIC MEETINGS

In addition to the County Commission, representatives from Leigh Fisher Associates presented the Master Plan Phase 1 at the following meetings:

  • Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce on January 11, 2006.
  • Davie Airport Advisory Board on January 23, 2006.
  • Airlines Airport Affairs Committee on January 25, 2006.
  • Dania Beach Airport Advisory Board on January 26, 2006.
  • Fort Lauderdale Airport Advisory Board on January 26, 2006.
  • Hollywood Airport Advisory Board on February 6, 2006.
  • Melaleuca Homeowners Association on February 8, 2006.

To receive notices about future meetings, provide your name, mailing address, and email address to the Community Outreach Office or call 954-359-6977.

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RUNWAY UTILIZATION

Alternatives/Interim Airfield Capacity Enhancements

On May 24, 2005, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners directed the Aviation Department to provide various solutions to address the issues of traffic congestion and delay times at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) while also minimizing the noise impact to local residents.

At the Commission Meeting on June 14, 2005, the Director of Aviation presented the following proposed initiatives:

  • Amended Runway Use Options for the airport's south runway 9R/27L.
  • Extending the Federal Inspection Service (FIS) operating hours at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.
  • Temporary ramp control tower on top of Terminal 1.
  • Expedite Taxiway C construction.
  • Construction of a loop taxiway and high speed exit taxiways.
  • Taxiway C extension.

The presentation was developed from the following documents:

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CONCOURSE A AND GROUP CHECK-IN FACILITY

ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT (EA)


This project is currently under evaluation and has not been approved by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. The project includes adding a five gate concourse to Terminal 1 at FLL. Terminal 1 currently has two concourses, Concourses B and C, with nine gates on each terminal. The project proposes adding a hold room area, concessions, and a connector to Terminal 1. Ticketing and baggage make up areas were designed in Terminal 1 assuming that Concourse A would be added. The proposed project is integral to the design of Terminal 1.

In addition, a Group Check-In Facility is proposed to accommodate existing cruise passengers and buses arriving from both Port Everglades and the Port of Miami. The facility will provide ticket counters, a passenger hold room with concessions (which will be integrated with Concourse A), a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) bag screening facility, a bag make-up shelter and tug cart staging area. A passenger-only shuttle system will transport these passengers to the terminals.

A draft Environmental Assessment was prepared and coordinated with the US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4 (EPA) and the Florida State Clearinghouse for review and comment. The preliminary Draft EA was transmitted to the EPA on June 11, 2004. EPA responded by letter of July 2, 2004 with comments. The State Clearinghouse responded by letter dated July 26, 2004 with comments. The firm of White & Case, LLP, representing the City of Dania Beach, City of Hollywood, and the Town of Davie also provided comments in their letter dated August 6, 2004. Additionally, the Broward County Aviation Department (BCAD) held a public workshop on the draft EA on January 27, 2005. All comments from all reviews have been incorporated and responded to in the attached document.

Please click on the link below for the finalized version of the Concourse A and Group Check-In Facility Environmental Assessment.

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