Airport Noise

Overview



The City of High Point's Airport Overlay District was initially adopted in 2003 in response to the pending air cargo hub and runway improvements at Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA). In 2008, the airport  completed a comprehensive noise study, termed the "Part 150 Airport Noise Compatibility Study," which made recommendations regarding various operational parameters. As a result of that study, PTIA implemented revised flight patterns that affect different areas of northern High Point. In an effort to mitigate these aircraft noise impacts, the High Point City Council adopted a revision to the Airport Overlay District regulations on March 5, 2012. The city's Airport Overlay District (PDF) applies only to property within the High Point Corporate limits.

Airport Overlay Zones

ZONE   DESCRIPTION
Zone 1 The intent of Zone 1 is to prevent the development of land uses sensitive to objectionable noise resulting from daytime and nighttime aircraft flights and those land uses that could pose safety hazards to aircraft. No new residences are allowed, new daytime noise sensitive uses like schools are prohibited, and certain uses presenting safety concerns are barred. Notification of potential aircraft over-flight noise is required.
Zone 2 The intent of Zone 2 is to prevent the development of land uses sensitive to objectionable noise resulting from nighttime aircraft flights. No new residences are allowed. Notification of potential aircraft over-flight noise is required.
Zone 3 The intent of Zone 3 is to protect residents by reducing the interior level of objectionable noise resulting from nighttime aircraft flights. New residences in new subdivisions are required to meet design standards that reduce interior sound levels by 30 dB. Notification of potential aircraft over-flight noise is required.
Zone 4 The intent of Zone 4, along with the other zones, is to provide public notification of potential nighttime aircraft noise impacts.

Additional Information & Resources

 
 
 Additional resources are available including documents and maps that cover the history of aircraft noise impact and mitigation. All documents are in Adobe PDF format.

For additional information on the city's Airport Overlay District, contact the Planning & Development Department at 336-883-3328.

For information on aircraft operation and noise, contact PTIA at 336-665-5600 or noise@gso.org.

For information on Piedmont Triad International Airport's Part 150 study, go to http://part150.homestead.com/Index.html