The proposed project is to resurface fifteen of the Monterey Regional Airport’s existing infield areas located between Runway 10R-28L and parallel taxiways both north and south of the runway.  Presently, nine of the infield areas are covered in chip seal, which is a pavement surface treatment which involves application of alternating layers of liquid asphalt and fine aggregate.  The existing chip seal treatment is decomposing into small pieces of material (foreign object debris), which can be blown into aircraft, causing damage to propellers, engines, or other parts of the aircraft.  This, in turn, can lead to aircraft accidents.  In addition, two of the infield areas are a combination of chip seal and natural ground, and four are entirely natural ground.  This natural ground provides areas for burrowing animals, which in turn, attracts wildlife hazards such as birds and larger mammals.

The purpose of the proposed project is, therefore, to reduce foreign object debris and the amount of infield areas attractive to wildlife, including burrowing animals.  The proposed improvements will also allow the Airport an opportunity to correct certain “non-standard” grades present in the infield area, to make Taxiways “E”, “F”, and “J” improvements, and to provide drainage improvements to the infield’s west end where ponding and/or sheet flow sometimes occurs during storm events.

Under State law, the proposed project must be evaluated for its potential effects on the environment pursuant to the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), as contained within California Public Resources Code, Division 13, Sections 21000-21177.   The Monterey Peninsula Airport District is the Lead Agency in the CEQA process.   An Initial Study has been completed to determine the appropriate environmental document under CEQA and is available for review through the Initial Study/MND tab on this website.  The Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) is also available on the Initial Study/MND tab.

In addition, an Environmental Assessment (EA) has been prepared pursuant to the requirements of Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 (Public Law 91-190, Title 42 United States Code Sections 4321 et. seq.), as outlined in Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations Sections 1500-1508.  The format and subject matter included within the EA conforms to the requirements and standards set forth by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as contained principally in FAA Order 1050.1F, Environmental Impacts:  Policies and Procedures, and appropriate items in FAA Order 5050.4B, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Implementing Instructions for Airport Actions.  The FAA serves as the Lead Agency in the NEPA process. A link to the Final Environmental Assessment is available on the Environmental Assessment tab.

Based upon the results of the Final Environmental Assessment, the FAA has issued an announcement that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Record of Decision (ROD) has been approved.


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Revised as of 5-29-19