Homes near airport could qualify for soundproofing

by: Scott Wickersham Updated:

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CHARLOTTE —

The Charlotte Douglas International Airport is beginning the process of updating its noise exposure map. Channel 9 anchor Scott Wickersham found that it could mean many new homeowners would qualify for soundproofing to keep the jet noise out of their homes. 

“We’ve definitely seen an increase. At nighttime around 11, we hear a lot and then early in the morning around 5 a.m.,” said Lee Mixon, a homeowner in the area.

The airport says changes to the airline fleet and runways could be shifting who is exposed to the jet noise. 

“It’s about time, that’s great, it should be helpful. I don’t know if our neighborhood will be there,” said Oksana McCarthy, who is not sure if her neighborhood will qualify.

The airport is holding hearings for those with noise complaints and to help build the new maps.

There are two public hearings scheduled for the end of July. The first is on July 30 at 6 p.m. at the West Service Center, on Wilkinson Boulevard. The second hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. on July 31 at Steele Creek Presbyterian Church.