How do homes qualify for noise mitigation under the Amended Consent Decree?

In 2013 the MAC and the cities of Minneapolis, Richfield and Eagan agreed to modify the legal agreement that defines the terms of the residential noise mitigation program (Consent Decree).  In the modified program, the MAC evaluates the eligibility of single-family and multi-family homes for potential mitigation each year beginning in March 2014 and ending on December 31, 2024.  

Homeowners may review the Annual Noise Contour Report produced each year in March to determine if their home is located within the calculated noise exposure area.  A single-family or multi-family home will be considered eligible for mitigation under the noise mitigation program when the following criteria are met:

(a) the community in which the home is located has adopted local land use controls and building performance standards that prohibit new residential construction or remodeling on the block in which the home is located, unless the construction or remodeling materials and practices are consistent with the noise impact levels and consistent with noise mitigation provided by this program, and

(b) the home is located, for a period of three consecutive years (the first of the three years cannot be later than calendar year 2020) in the actual 60-64 DNL noise contour prepared by the MAC and published in the Annual Noise Contour Report, and, within a higher noise impact mitigation area when compared to the single-family home's status under the noise mitigation program prior to the amendment.

The MAC will offer noise mitigation to owners of eligible single-family homes and multi-family homes in the year following the determination of eligibility. Owners of single-family and multi-family homes that have previously opted-out of mitigation are not eligible to participate in the modified mitigation program.

Please click here to determine if your home meets the eligibility requirements:

For more information on the First Amendment to the Consent Decree, click here: Modified Consent Decree.

Updated 4/3/2018