At Chicago's O'Hare two runways built since 1965 will enlarge the noise-impacted area to include the homes of half a million persons by 1975. Land use strategies in this short time can only limit the 58,000 persons which residential construction trends would bring into the noise-impacted area by 1975. Operational changes plus acoustical lining of existing aircraft engine nacelles might reduce the impacted population to 190,000. Operational changes plus new engines of quieter design might cut the impacted population to 140,000--less than half of the 1965 number. Motel builders successfully have limited airport noise by adding 20 to 30 percent to construction costs for soundproofing. These techniques are feasible for new multiple-family dwellings in the moderately noise-impacted area, but not in the heavily noise-impacted area, and not for single-family dwellings. Local building codes legally could require soundproofing performance standards for new rental buildings but not for existing owner-occupied dwellings. One solution for two neighborhoods at the runways' edge might be to remove the dwellings and redevelop the land for commerce and industry. Proposed expansion of the airport grounds will remove some of the most noise-impacted vacant land from the market. So will the proposed Elgin-O'Hare Freeway, and the projected growth of industry and commerce. Thirty-nine million dollars should be spent to acquire six noise-impacted sites for regional open space, including flood reservoirs, golf courses, and cemeteries. Moderately noise-impacted land is also suitable for neighborhood playgrounds and ballparks. A regional airport systems plan should be drawn as the first step toward publishing noise forecast maps for all airports in the eight-county bistate region of northeastern Illinois-northwestern Indiana. Zoning could forestall noise impact problems around any future jetport, if land use controls can be coordinated on a regional basis.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission

    400 West Madison Street
    Chicago, IL  United States  60606
  • Publication Date: 1971

Media Info

  • Pagination: 118 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00155616
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Federal Aviation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1977 12:00AM