Noise Contours & Land-Use Zoning

Municipal governments are responsible for land-use zoning, which considers aircraft noise, safety areas, and height assessments.  The information and tools provided here help municipal planners and developers make informed decisions on land-use planning and development in their respective communities. This information also may help real estate professionals and property owners understand how specific properties relate to airports in terms of aircraft noise, safety areas, and object placement and height.  

Municipal planners, developers and real estate professionals are advised to review the content of the current Long-Term Comprehensive Plan (LTCP) for each MAC-owned airport in order to understand fully how airport development, aircraft noise and zoning will apply to land uses now and into the future. LTCP updates occur approximately every five years and may be found by clicking on the airport name of interest below.

Noise Contours

The MAC produces aircraft noise contours for each of its seven airports. These noise contours are calculated areas that depict average noise levels associated with airport-specific aircraft activity. The contours do not represent where planes fly or the loudness of single aircraft noise events. To view flight tracks associated with specific aircraft activity, please use the MAC's FlightTracker tool found by clicking here: FlightTracker

The MAC-owned airports are listed below. Noise contours for each airport are published in the LTCPs. Additionally, an Annual Noise Contour Analysis is published for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) based on actual activity during each calendar year. Click on the name of the airport below to view the LTCP for the selected airport:

Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
Annual noise contours for MSP may be found by visiting: Annual Noise Contour Reports.

St. Paul Downtown Airport (STP)

Anoka County-Blaine Airport (ANE) 

Flying Cloud Airport (FCM)

Crystal Airport (MIC)

Airlake Airport (LVN)

Lake Elmo Airport (21D)

Land-use Zoning for Safety Areas and Height Assessments

Safety areas are designated areas that apply to each runway end and are depicted per Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) criteria and the State of Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDOT) Model Airport Zoning Ordinance. Each MAC-owned airport has established safety areas, which are published in the LTCPs. Click on the airport name above to view the LTCP for that airport.

Additionally, the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) created an interactive MSP Ordinance Height Calculator to help developers determine if a proposed structure within the Bloomington South Loop area would require an Airport Zoning Permit and/or filing a notice with the FAA.

For a detailed safety zone analysis related to specific parcels, please email your contact information and parcel address to: MAC Safety Zone Analysis