Noise Contours & Land-Use Zoning
The information contained below is specific to MAC-owned airports in the State of Minnesota (see list of airports below), and it is intended to help real estate professionals and property owners understand how specific properties relate to the listed airports in terms of aircraft noise, safety areas, and object placement and height.
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 Minnesota communities.
Municipal planners, developers and real estate professionals also are advised to review the content of the current Long-Term Comprehensive Plan (LTCP) for each listed 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 for MAC-owned airports occur approximately every five years and may be found by clicking on the airport name of interest below.
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
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 MAC-owned 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. An overview of the history of contours at MSP is provided in the video below.
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 name of the MAC-owned airport above to view the LTCP for that airport.
Additionally, the 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