Various groups are mobilizing concerned citizens to attend the "Pre-draft 2030 Plan for MSP" presentation:
METROPOLITAN AIRPORT COMMISSION
MSP AIRPORT LONG RANGE PLANNING MEETING
Thursday, August 27, 2015
5:00 to 8:30 PM
MAC General Offices
6040-28th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55450
The MAC sent an email notice just today. It announced that
The purpose of this meeting is to educate and inform the public of the LTCP purpose and process prior to publication of the draft document.
In other words, no questions, no protests, no impatience -- just take it all in and be happy with high fares, more noise, and no meaningful environmental reviews. The message repeats that projections and forecasts have been prepared through a consultant. The purpose of the LTCP is to identify facility needs, based on already-forecasted numbers? What then is the purpose of the meeting other than to discourage citizens and organizations from complianing about overflight noise and pollution increases implicit in the plan for both more and larger aircraft using MSP.
While it is in fact very difficult to project anything 20 years ahead, SMAAC has asked for details and an open discussion. The planning process cannot be transparent if the sources used for the forecasts and the airline plans are not evaluated realistically in public meetings.
Planning future use of MSP from projections by incumbent for-profit airlines in various stages of negotiatons with the MAC for the next 20 years seems a bit foolish.
SMAAC notes that the planned capacity for MSP in 2020 was based on State economic growth needs and trends in demographic and employment data. Current operations are significantly different than the plans approved in the FEIS for MSP Expansion for the period 2005 to 2020..