California Authorities Strategize Comfortable Living for Residents Living Near Airports
FRESNO, CALIFORNIA — August 7, 2018
California authorities have promised to give a million dollars to residents living near the Fresno Yosemite International Airport. The money will be used to help soundproof homes near the noisy site.
The area includes a small neighborhood, an elementary school, and a large Airport which produces the constant roar of air traffic. Authorities believe sturdy windows and doors will help people exposed to the sounds to sleep more soundly.
"Homes that are eligible have to be within the noise exposure map boundary. They have to meet other noise requirements on the interior and exterior of the home as well," explained Fresno Yosemite International Airport’s Public Relations Manager Vikkie Calderon.
The program took off in the 1990s and helped provide more than 1,200 homes with new acoustically-treated windows and doors, plus attic insulation. Addicott Elementary and four other schools received money as well. A “noise exposure” map outlines who is eligible.
People living in the areas outlined in red, mostly near the takeoff and landing zones, are usually exposed to the highest volume of noise pollution.
"[The map] takes into consideration aircraft traffic patterns, the types of aircrafts that are arriving and departing from the Fresno airport," said Calderon.
The city applies for federal grant money every year to fund the program, but there was a brief halt in funding while the map was updated.
"There may be some homes that were on the list waiting for the program before we temporarily put the program on hold in order to update the noise exposure map," said Calderon.
With a million dollars to split 30 or 40 ways, homeowners can receive grants of $25,000 or more.
On the subject of noise and sound-proofing in residential areas near airports in general, it is unclear why such programs have become increasingly common, but cities around the world are beginning to think about how to utilize areas near airports for residential housing, as well as how to make such spaces more comfortable and desirable for inhabitants.