FAA Held Public WorkshopNotice of Public Workshop
On May 18, 2017, the FAA held a public workshop to update the public on the Environmental Impact Statement and the process that will take place to gather more information from the pilots that use Gnoss Field Airport.
A Gnoss Field Airport, Proposed Extension of Runway 13/31, Purpose and Need Working Paper was issued in May 2016 to provide additional information to the public and regulatory agencies regarding the proposed extension of Runway 13/31 at Gnoss Field Airport, Marin County, California. That Working Paper described a change in forecasted aviation activity at Gnoss Field Airport, including a revised purpose and need for a runway extension project resulting from a change in aviation activity, and provided supporting documentation. The FAA accepted public comments on the Purpose and Need Working Paper between May 2, 2016 and June 17, 2016, and held a public meeting to accept comments on the Working Paper on June 2, 2016. The public comments received on the Working Paper can be viewed here.
Many of the public commenters stated that the Working Paper underestimated aviation activity at Gnoss Field Airport, and stated that a longer runway length than identified in the Working Paper is necessary at the airport. The FAA is working with Marin County to have the EIS consultant develop a Revised Purpose and Need Working Paper to evaluate all public comments received on the first Purpose and Need Working Paper. The Revised Purpose and Need Working Paper will reconsider the conclusions reached in the first Working Paper, including consideration of all public comments received, and modify those conclusions if appropriate. The schedule for development of the Revised Purpose and Need Working Paper and the public comment period on that document is currently being developed.
The Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) Amendment - Responses to Comments on the Final EIR is now available. Click here to view the document.
Marin County Board of Supervisors Certified Final EIR. Click here to view the document.
Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) - Volume 2
Final EIR - Notice of Availability (EIR-NOA)
Notice of Comment Deadline Extension and Rescheduled Public Hearing
Appendices - Volume 3
A Public Hearing on EIR Certification was held on February 11, 2014 by the Marin County Board of Supervisors
Video of Public Hearing (Hearing is item 15 in the video)
A Public Hearing was held on January 10, 2012.
Public Hearing Presentation - PDF
Video of Public Hearing (EIS/EIR Hearing begins at 2:52:30 in the video and is item 19 in the video)
The public involvement program for the Gnoss
Field Airport Proposed Runway Extension EIS and EIR
is designed to enable the FAA and Marin County
to consult effectively with the general public,
concerned interest groups and public agencies
about their views, concerns and ideas regarding
the scope and content of the EIS and EIR and,
ultimately, the adequacy of the EIS and EIR
The proposed extension to Runway 13/31 at
Marin County Airport - Gnoss Field is a Federal
action that requires the preparation of an
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), in
accordance with the National Environmental
Policy Act (NEPA). In addition, a concurrent
Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is being
prepared in accordance with the California
Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). NEPA and CEQA
give all persons, organizations, and government
agencies the right to review and comment on
proposed actions that are evaluated by an EIS
and by an EIR. This is known as the "Scoping
Process." The scoping process is the initial
step in the preparation of the EIS and the EIR
and is an early and open process for determining
the scope of issues to be addressed and for
identifying the significant issues related to
the proposed action. Therefore, the scoping
process helped to identify:
- Range of actions (project,
- Alternatives - those to be
rigorously explored and evaluated and those
that may be eliminated
- Range of environmental impacts
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Notice of Intent (NOI)
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
first announced in the July 11, 2008 Federal
Register the Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare
an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the
proposed action at Marin County Airport - Gnoss
Field. The notice required that all comments on
the scope of the EIS and concurrent EIR be
received by August 29, 2008.
July 11, 2008 Notice of Intent (NOI) as printed
in the Federal Register.
Notice of Preparation (NOP)
The County of Marin first announced in the
July 11, 2008 and July 13, 2008 editions of the
Marin Independent Journal the Notice of
Preparation (NOP) of the Environmental Impact
Report (EIR) for the proposed project Marin
County Airport - Gnoss Field. The notice
required that all comments on the scope of the
EIS and concurrent EIR be received by August 29,
Notice of Preparation (NOP).
Agency Scoping Meeting
An airfield tour and Agency Scoping Meeting
were held on August 14, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. and
1:00 p.m., respectively. The Agency Scoping
Meeting was held in Room 266 at the Marin County
Civic Center. The following items were made
available at the Agency Scoping Meeting:
Information Handout (formatted to print
Public Scoping Meeting
A Public Scoping Meeting was held on August 14,
2008 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Marin Humane
Society Education Center Auditorium, 171 Bel
Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, CA. The following
items were made available at the Public Scoping
- Public Scoping Information
Packet (formatted to print double-sided)
Opportunity to Comment on the Scope of the EIS
Comments and suggestions were invited from all
interested parties to ensure that the full range
of issues related to the scope of EIS and EIR
are addressed and that all significant issues
are identified. Written comments were
required to have been mailed by August 29, 2008.
Response to Comments
All comments received at the Agency and
Public Scoping Meetings and during the official
comment period were reviewed and
considered by the FAA and the County of Marin. FAA and
County have prepared responses to comments
which are included in the Final EIS and Final EIR.
The Nature of Comments
Persons interested in making comments on the
Final EIS or Final EIR may use the following
guidelines to assist in preparing their
- Comments should be as specific as
possible and may address either the adequacy
of a statement or conclusion or the merits
of the alternatives discussed or both.
- When a commenting party criticizes a
lead agency's predictive methodology, the
commenting party should describe the
alternative methodology that it prefers and
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