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Airport Land Release and Relocation of
New York State Department of Transportation

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); pursuant with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. §4321 et seq., and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations, 40 C.F.R. parts 1500-1508; has completed a Final Environmental Assessment (Final EA) and issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Airport Land Release and Relocation of a New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Sub-Residency at Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. The NYSDOT Project Identification Number (PIN) for the relocation of the Sub-Residency is 3M00.18.

Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport proposes to modify the Airport Layout Plan (ALP) for removal of approximately 15 undeveloped acres of land at the northwest corner of airport property from the ALP for future use for non-aeronautical purposes. FAA approval of a change to Ithaca Tompkins Airport's Airport Layout Plan is required. The County intends to sell these 15 acres to the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) for construction of a new maintenance facility. The new maintenance facility will replace an existing Sub-residency located on the north side of Ithaca between Route 13 (N. Meadow St.) and the Cayuga Inlet, and will include a sub-residency maintenance building, a cold storage building, salt storage barn, and hopper building. The site will also contain stockpile areas for pipe, stone and millings, and ancillary site features including a fueling station, parking for 40 vehicles, and storm water management facilities to handle on-sight storm water. The project will require construction of an access drive from Warren Road and the extension of utilities. The project includes construction which affects wetlands covered by Executive Order 11990 of the President of the United States dated May 24, 1977, "Protection of Wetlands".

The Final EA identifies the proposed action, project alternatives, and presents an evaluation of potential environmental impacts in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Order 5050.4B and 1050.1F, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures and the other applicable laws, rules and regulations. The Final EA also includes the written comments received during the public comment period, a transcript of the public hearing on January 16, 2019, and responses to comments.

The FONSI demonstrates and documents FAA's compliance with the procedural requirements for airport development. FAA arrived at these determinations by considering public and agency comments and reviewing the environmental analysis in the Final EA and all other relevant documents that comprise the EA record. The FONSI sets forth the FAA final determinations and environmental approvals for the federal actions necessary to implement the proposed action. Issuance of this FONSI signifies that the FAA will not prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and has completed the NEPA process for the proposed action.

The Final EA and FONSI are available online at: Hard copies will be provided at the following locations until May 10, 2019:

Lansing Public Library
27 Auburn Road
Lansing, NY 14882

Lansing Town Hall
29 Auburn Road
Lansing, NY 14882

Ithaca Tompkins County Airport Administrative Offices
72 Browning Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

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