MAC Board Defers Publication of the MSP Long Term Comprehensive Plan

The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) voted to defer publication of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) Long-Term Comprehensive Plan (LTCP) during its board meeting on September 21, 2015. The decision to delay the document followed a MAC staff recommendation to complete the draft LTCP document after an evaluation of runway use data is conducted that includes results of an arrival procedure that is currently being evaluated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at MSP. The procedure, which began August 28, 2015, is undergoing a 60-day evaluation period for revised converging runway operations (CRO). Delaying publication of the draft LTCP would allow incorporating the FAA's finalized CRO procedures after the testing period is concluded.

Members of the public and the City of Minneapolis urged the MAC to delay publication of the draft LTCP at the September 8, 2015 MAC Planning, Development & Environment (PD&E) Committee meeting and during the MSP Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) meeting on September 16, 2015. 

The revised draft MSP LTCP publication schedule proposes evaluation of the CRO be conducted until the end of October 2015 with an updated noise contour analysis completed in January 2016. An update on the draft LTCP document will be presented to the NOC on January 20, 2016 and to the MAC PD&E Committee and Full Commission in February 2016.

More information on the MAC action is available here: MAC Action 09-21-2015.

More information about the FAA CRO test procedure is available here: FAA CRO.