P.O. Box 441
Concord, MA 01742
are some terms that you might find on our website:
Area Towns Committee: a "Growth and Development Policy Committee"
formed by the fours towns contiguous to Hanscom (Bedford, Concord,
Lexington and Lincoln). 16 members. Each town's delegation consists
of one Selectman, one Planning Board member, one Conservation Commission/Natural
Resources representative and one member at large. Only the
Selectmen are voting members. All votes must be unanimous.
Field Advisory Committee. Established by the legislature to
serve in an advisory capacity to Massport on matters concerning
Hanscom Field. Comprised of representatives from the towns of Acton,
Bedford, Carlisle, Concord, Lexington and Lincoln as well as the
aviation community and the Air Force.
the Historic Hanscom Area's Irreplaceable Resources. Non-profit
citizens grassroots group with some 1800 members, mostly from the
towns of Bedford, Concord, Lexington and Lincoln.
- Save Our Heritage . Citizens
group concerned with environmental and historic protection, based
Area Resource Team. Airport-related businesses and airport
Owners and Pilots Association. A national aviation lobbying
group with 340,000 members. Currently challenging the Noise
Rules (see below).
Airport Master Plan and Environmental Impact Statement adopted by
Massport in 1978 "as its official policy statement regarding the
future development and management of Hanscom Field."
General Rules and Regulations for Hanscom, in force since 1980.
Levy nightime landing fees on planes taking off or landing between
11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
committee established by Peter Blute, former Executive Director
of Massport, to develop an agreement on aviation uses of Hanscom.
Members were all the stakeholders at Hanscom: ShhAir, HATS, HFAC,
Minuteman National Historic Park, HART, and State Legislatures.
of Understanding, which was developed by the Ad Hoc Committee
(see below) but rejected by Massport.
Office Environmental Affairs. Massachusetts State environmental
Environmental Impact Report. An environmental planning analysis
which the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs periodically
requires of state agencies.
- Massachusetts Environmental
Policy Act. State law relevant for environmental reviews. The
agency that administers this law is the MEPA Office, sometimes referred to
informally as "MEPA."
1997 GEIR Certificate directed Massport to establish a Noise
Work group with the communities "to determine and agree upon 1.)
an approrpiate baseline to use as a starting point for measuring
Hanscom Field's noise impacts on the surrounding communities and
on the value of information derived using that baseline, 2) the
metric, or set of metrics, that best describe not only absolute
noise values but also the perceived impact of noise events, 3) responsibility,
schedule, and nature of mitigation for agreed upon levels of increases
in noise impacts, and 4) the content and form the noise discussion
that Massport will include in the 2000 GEIR Update." The Noise Work
Group has just completed their work.
Aviation airport "serving corporate aviation, flight schools,
air charter operations, light cargo and private pilots flying for
business or recreation." (Definition from Massport's Hanscom web
page before Shuttle America started flying.)