CITY OF ROCHESTER / ROCHESTER
NOTICE OF DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AVAILABILITY & PUBLIC HEARING
ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
RUNWAY 2/20 PROJECT -
Notice is hereby given that the City of Rochester will hold a public hearing on May 19, 2021, via a virtual Zoom meeting, to receive testimony relative to the draft federal Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Rochester International Airport Runway 2/20 Project - Uninterrupted Service. There will be a presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m., including an opportunity for the public to ask questions, with the public hearing to follow. There is no set end time for the public hearing. The hearing will conclude once all who wish to give public testimony have had the opportunity to do so.
The City, as the Airport Sponsor, intends to undertake a project that includes reconstructing portions of and extending Runway 2/20 at Rochester International Airport (RST) along with associated taxiway and airfield improvements to provide the necessary facilities to maintain access for current users during periods when Runway 13/31 is unavailable. The proposed project includes moving utilities and roadways to accommodate the extension of Runway 2/20, including a petroleum pipeline, overhead power lines, and portions of 31st Avenue SW, 90th Street SW (former Trunk Highway 30), and 95th Street SW and acquiring land associated with the Runway Protection Zone.
During the EA process, the City and its airport consultant evaluated the environmental impacts of proposed airfield improvements at Rochester International Airport. In accordance with its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires the City to complete an EA. During the EA process, the environmental, economic, and social effects of the proposed development were considered. This project does include wetland impacts.
The results of the analysis are published in the Draft EA document, which can be viewed on the project webpage, https://FlyRST.com/EA, beginning April 19 or at the RST Airport Administration office at 7600 Helgerson Dr. SW, Rochester, MN 55902. In-person viewing is by appointment only; please call 507-282- 2328 ext. 6 to schedule. The Airport Administration office is ADA accessible. The public comment period for the Draft EA closes at 5:00 p.m. CDT on June 1, 2021.
Due to the federal, state, and local public health emergency declarations regarding COVID-19, this public hearing will be held virtually. To attend, the public is encouraged to register in advance and receive the Zoom meeting link by visiting the RST EA webpage at https://FlyRST.com/EA. Alternately, the public can participate by phone (audio only) or the Zoom website by using the phone number or link along with the meeting ID and passcode listed below:
Meeting ID: 860 1941 4540
The purpose of the public hearing is to address the proposed action's potential economic, social, and environmental effects, and the project's consistency with the affected areas' land use or planning strategy. All interested persons are invited to attend and to present concise, relevant oral and written statements concerning the economic, social, and environmental effects of the development.
Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. CDT on June 1, 2021. Written comments can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Rochester International Airport EA
c/o Colleen Bosold, Mead & Hunt
7900 International Drive, Suite 980
Bloomington, MN 55425
Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other 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.
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