Environmental Assessment

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In May 2022, Cape Cod Gateway Airport completed the development of a 20-year master plan to ensure that the facility can continue to safely and efficiently meet the aviation needs of the National Airspace System and the surrounding community. The preparation of an airport master plan is required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in order to plan for the future and highlight airport projects in need of future federal funding, including rehabilitation of existing infrastructure. The goal of the Airport Master Plan is to provide the framework needed to guide future airport development that will cost-effectively satisfy aviation demand, while considering potential environmental and socioeconomic issues.

The Master Plan is the first part of the planning process; environmental review is the second part of the process and finally implementation and development of the projects proposed.

Master Plan Timeline Graphic

Any expansion coming as result of the Master Plan will need to undergo an environmental review process which looks at both on airport and off airport impacts, this study will need to be conducted before any expansion will take place and can only begin after the master plan study is complete.

The Environmental Assessment will be conducted to meet federal and state environmental review requirements of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA).

The information below will give you access to technical reports, EA schedule, public participation and outreach information and frequently asked questions (FAQs)

  • Technical Reports:
    • Environmental Notification Form (ENF) (Filed November 30, 2022)
      (Noticed in Environmental Monitor on December 7, 2022)
      30-day review period with agency and public comment period through January 12, 2023
      Secretary Certificate issued: January 23, 2023  
  • Schedule:
    • Permitting (November 2022 through 2024): 
      • Massachusetts Environmental Protection Act (MEPA): 
        • Environmental Justice (EJ) Assessment (Sent October 12, 2022) 
        • Environmental Notification Form (ENF) (Filed November 30, 2022)
          (Noticed in Environmental Monitor on December 7, 2022)
          30-day review period with agency and public comment period through January 12, 2023
          Secretary Certificate issued: January 23, 2023 
        • Draft Environmental Impact report (DEIR) (Environmental Monitor 30-day agencies and public comment period)
        • Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) 
      • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA): 
        • Environmental Assessment/Finding of No Significant Impact (EA/FONSI) 
        • Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) 
          • Draft EIS (Published for public review and comment for 45 to 60 days) 
          • Final EIS (Record of decision made after 30 days)
      • Cape Cod Commission (CCC):  
        • Developments of Regional Impact (DRI)
          DRI public hearing period opens within 60 days of receiving the DRI referral from the Town, and closes within 90 days thereafter. A 60-day DRI decision period follows the public hearing period
  • Public Participation and Outreach:
    • Past Meetings:
    • Upcoming Meetings:
      • February 13, 2023 – Public Meeting #2  |  Time to be Determined