ONCC Statement Regarding the O'Hare Modernization Program

While its individual members are free to express their views and those of the communities they represent, the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission itself does not endorse or oppose the O'Hare Modernization Program (OMP). However, to the extent that this proposal could increase jet noise the Commission is concerned about the potential impact on the quality of life for residents living around the airport.
(August 2001)

Map 65 DNL Noise Contour at OMP completion  ORD Final Approach Fixes
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FAA Record of Decision
On September 30, 2005, the FAA issued a Record of Decision (ROD) approving the O'Hare Modernization Program (OMP). The OMP ROD addresses aircraft noise mitigation on several levels. It gives the O'Hare Noise Compatibility Commission specific responsibilities on several key aspects of aircraft noise mitigation at O'Hare. (See ROD Aircraft Noise Fact Sheet)

This role for the ONCC related to the OMP follows years of monitoring and commenting on the OMP as it progressed through the FAA's Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. The ONCC offered testimony and written comments on several occasions. In the final EIS released in July 2005, the FAA responded to the final set of comments submitted by the ONCC in April 2005.

The entire set of ONCC comments and FAA responses can be viewed or downloaded by clicking here.

(Please note that this is a very large PDF that might take several minutes to download using a dial-up connection)

For more information on the O'Hare Modernization Program, please use the following links:

Chicago Department of Aviation

Federal Aviation Administration

O'Hare Commissions New Parallel Runway 9L/27R November 20, 2009

O'Hare Commissions 4th Parallel Runway 10C/28C October 17, 2013

Runway 10R 28L - Scheduled to Open October 15, 2015