Final Public Meeting for Massport’s Environmental Status and Planning Report (ESPR) for Hanscom Field on Tuesday, June 11 at 6:30 pm

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The last of the public meetings covering Massport’s Five-Year Environmental  Status and Planning Report (ESPR) for Hanscom Field will take place at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, June 11, in Room 308 of Hanscom Field’s Civil Air Terminal, 200 Hanscom Drive, Bedford.  

Tuesday’s presentation will describe the current status of Hanscom Field’s airport facilities, flight activity, air noise levels and emissions. Further, the ESPR will examine the impacts on surrounding communities’ traffic flow and patterns. as well as on local natural, historical and cultural resources. 

Massport will also project future development and its effect on nearby communities through the year 2035.

Hanscom Field Advisory Commission – Short Takes – May 2019

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Hanscom Field Advisory Commission (HFAC) met May 21st to discuss issues related to L.G. Hanscom Field Airport activities.

The Commission will write to the Aeronautics Division of MassDOT concerning allegations of airspace safety violations over Ayer and Groton by Hanscom Field flight school pilots; the public comment period for the Massport 2017 Hanscom Field ESPR is open through July 11; monthly statistics for flight operations and noise monitoring show rise in night flights and air noise complaints; Fly Louie opens new summertime air service between Bedford and Nantucket; and HFAC’s next meeting will take place on June 18.

Public Meetings Begin June 4 ~ Massport / Hanscom Field  Environmental Status and Planning Report Five-Year Review

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Correction: June 5, 2019, ~ Accurate addresses for public comment by letter or by email have been added

Massport Administrative Airport Manager for Hanscom Field Amber Goodspeed reported that Massport submitted its 2017 Environmental Status and Planning Report(ESPR) for Hanscom Field to the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office (MEPA) on May 15th, and opened a public comment period on the report findings to extend until July 11. Public meetings will be held on June 4, June 6, and June 11.

The 560-page ESPR plus a number of appendices may be reviewed online at http://www.massport.com/massport/about-massport/project-environmental-filings/hanscom-field/.  Paper copies have also been placed in the public libraries of Bedford, Lexington, Lincoln, and Concord for citizens to read.

Hanscom Field Advisory Commission ~ Short Takes ~ April, 2019

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The Hanscom Field Advisory Commission (HFAC) met April 16th to discuss the monthly air traffic and air noise reports and review current Massport development projects.  Lincoln representative Chris Eliot assumed chairmanship from Bedford Selectman Michael Rosenberg, who has served as chair for the past four years.  Commission members also heard a plea for help voiced by State Rep Sheila Harrington (R-1st Middlesex) and her constituents regarding Hanscom area flight school activities in their district.

Hanscom Field Advisory Commission – March, 2019

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Hanscom Field Advisory Commission (HFAC) met March 19 to hear the presentation of Massport’s annual State of Hanscom report by Sharon Williams, Director of L.G. Hanscom Field Airport.  Current airport/airfield development projects and routine monthly air noise/air traffic reports are also discussed.

Massport Projects Expected to Impact Bedford in 2020-2023

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Hanscom Field Advisory Commission (HFAC) heard the Annual State of Hanscom Report presented by Sharon Williams, Director of Massport’s LG Hanscom Field at their March 19, 2019 meeting.

Williams revealed an estimated timeline for a number of airfield ramp, taxilane, taxiway, and runway repaving/construction projects that will impact some Bedford roadways and neighborhoods between 2020 and 2023.  She stated that these projects are likely to be scheduled during summer and/or fall months and would probably take place during normal business hours for periods of 60 to 90 days at a time.

Hanscom Field Advisory Commission ~ Short Takes ~ February, 2019

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

The Hanscom Field Advisory Commission met on February 19 to discuss Hanscom Field developments and the monthly air noise report with Massport representatives and tour the new Boston MedFlight facility at 150 Hanscom Drive, near the Civil Air Terminal building. Topics included firefighting at Hanscom Field; North Airfield development; noise monitoring; air traffic; a bill proposed by Rep. Stephen Lynch to allow “the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to study the health impacts from planes, potentially laying the groundwork for a class action lawsuit,” according to the Boston Herald; local representation on Massport’s CAC executive board; Massport’s communication with the Attorney General in response to Bedford rezoning the Navy hangar parcel.

Hanscom Area Towns Committee (HATS) Heard Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force Update

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

Hanscom Area Towns Committee (HATS) members met at the Lincoln Town Hall in January to hear a presentation describing recent initiatives for the six major state military installations by John C. Beatty, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force.

HATS community representatives also shared updates from their respective towns.

Massport’s North Airfield Development Inches Forward

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

At the January 15 HFAC meeting, Massport Hanscom Airport Administration Manager Amber Goodspeed gave a tentative timeline for the T-hangar project as it inches along toward reality at Bedford’s North Airfield:

Moving Forward After July 30 Special Town Meeting Zoning Changes are Disallowed by the AG

By Julie McCay Turner

Margaret J. Hurley, Assistant Attorney General Chief, Central Massachusetts Division, wrote to Town Clerk Doreen Tremblay on February 1, 2019 to notify the Town that Warrant Article 3, the initiative to rezone the Navy hangar parcel from Industrial A to Residential C, voted at a special Town Meeting on July 30, 2018, was disallowed upon review.

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