Gnoss Field Airport Proposed Runway Extension EIS and EIR
 
 

Public Participation

FAA Held Public WorkshopNotice of Public Workshop

On May 18, 2017, the FAA held a public workshop to update the public on the Environmental Impact Statement and the process that will take place to gather more information from the pilots that use Gnoss Field Airport.

 


A Gnoss Field Airport, Proposed Extension of Runway 13/31, Purpose and Need Working Paper was issued in May 2016 to provide additional information to the public and regulatory agencies regarding the proposed extension of Runway 13/31 at Gnoss Field Airport, Marin County, California. That Working Paper described a change in forecasted aviation activity at Gnoss Field Airport, including a revised purpose and need for a runway extension project resulting from a change in aviation activity, and provided supporting documentation. The FAA accepted public comments on the Purpose and Need Working Paper between May 2, 2016 and June 17, 2016, and held a public meeting to accept comments on the Working Paper on June 2, 2016. The public comments received on the Working Paper can be viewed here.

Many of the public commenters stated that the Working Paper underestimated aviation activity at Gnoss Field Airport, and stated that a longer runway length than identified in the Working Paper is necessary at the airport. The FAA is working with Marin County to have the EIS consultant develop a Revised Purpose and Need Working Paper to evaluate all public comments received on the first Purpose and Need Working Paper. The Revised Purpose and Need Working Paper will reconsider the conclusions reached in the first Working Paper, including consideration of all public comments received, and modify those conclusions if appropriate. The schedule for development of the Revised Purpose and Need Working Paper and the public comment period on that document is currently being developed.

The Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) Amendment - Responses to Comments on the Final EIR is now available. Click here to view the document.

Marin County Board of Supervisors Certified Final EIR. Click here to view the document.

Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) - Volume 2
Final EIR - Notice of Availability (EIR-NOA)
Notice of Comment Deadline Extension and Rescheduled Public Hearing

Appendices - Volume 3


A Public Hearing on EIR Certification was held on February 11, 2014 by the Marin County Board of Supervisors

Video of Public Hearing (Hearing is item 15 in the video)


A Public Hearing was held on January 10, 2012.

Public Hearing Presentation - PDF

Video of Public Hearing (EIS/EIR Hearing begins at 2:52:30 in the video and is item 19 in the video)


Public Participation MeetingPublic Participation

The public involvement program for the Gnoss Field Airport Proposed Runway Extension EIS and EIR is designed to enable the FAA and Marin County to consult effectively with the general public, concerned interest groups and public agencies about their views, concerns and ideas regarding the scope and content of the EIS and EIR and, ultimately, the adequacy of the EIS and EIR environmental analyses.

SCOPING PROCESS

The proposed extension to Runway 13/31 at Marin County Airport - Gnoss Field is a Federal action that requires the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). In addition, a concurrent Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is being prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). NEPA and CEQA give all persons, organizations, and government agencies the right to review and comment on proposed actions that are evaluated by an EIS and by an EIR. This is known as the "Scoping Process." The scoping process is the initial step in the preparation of the EIS and the EIR and is an early and open process for determining the scope of issues to be addressed and for identifying the significant issues related to the proposed action. Therefore, the scoping process helped to identify:

  •  Range of actions (project, procedural changes)
  •  Alternatives - those to be rigorously explored and evaluated and those that may be eliminated
  •  Range of environmental impacts

View the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
View the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Notice of Intent (NOI)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) first announced in the July 11, 2008 Federal Register the Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed action at Marin County Airport - Gnoss Field. The notice required that all comments on the scope of the EIS and concurrent EIR be received by August 29, 2008.

View the July 11, 2008 Notice of Intent (NOI) as printed in the Federal Register. (pdf)

Notice of Preparation (NOP)

The County of Marin first announced in the July 11, 2008 and July 13, 2008 editions of the Marin Independent Journal the Notice of Preparation (NOP) of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed project Marin County Airport - Gnoss Field. The notice required that all comments on the scope of the EIS and concurrent EIR be received by August 29, 2008.

View the Notice of Preparation (NOP). (pdf)

Agency Scoping Meeting

An airfield tour and Agency Scoping Meeting were held on August 14, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., respectively. The Agency Scoping Meeting was held in Room 266 at the Marin County Civic Center. The following items were made available at the Agency Scoping Meeting:

  1. Visual Presentation (pdf)
  2. Information Handout (formatted to print double-sided) (pdf)

Public Scoping Meeting

A Public Scoping Meeting was held on August 14, 2008 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Marin Humane Society Education Center Auditorium, 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, CA. The following items were made available at the Public Scoping Meeting:

  1. Visual Presentation (pdf)
  2.  Public Scoping Information Packet (formatted to print double-sided) (pdf)

Opportunity to Comment on the Scope of the EIS and EIR

Comments and suggestions were invited from all interested parties to ensure that the full range of issues related to the scope of EIS and EIR are addressed and that all significant issues are identified.  Written comments were required to have been mailed by August 29, 2008.

Response to Comments

All comments received at the Agency and Public Scoping Meetings and during the official comment period were reviewed and considered by the FAA and the County of Marin. FAA and County have prepared responses to comments which are included in the Final EIS and Final EIR.

The Nature of Comments

Persons interested in making comments on the Final EIS or Final EIR may use the following guidelines to assist in preparing their comments:

  • Comments should be as specific as possible and may address either the adequacy of a statement or conclusion or the merits of the alternatives discussed or both.
  • When a commenting party criticizes a lead agency's predictive methodology, the commenting party should describe the alternative methodology that it prefers and why.

How Can I Participate?