Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (RMMA) is located at 11755 Airport Way in the City and County of Broomfield. RMMA is owned and operated by Jefferson County and situated midway between Denver and Boulder along US 36. To learn more about RMMA, please visit their website at https://www.jeffco.us/755/Airport.
If you have been affected by noise from RMMA, please call the noise complaint line at 303.271.4874 or complete an online complaint form at https://www.jeffco.us/1697/Noise-Complaint-Online-Form. When calling to file a complaint, it is helpful to have the following information:
- Visual details (type of aircraft, tail number, multiple sightings)
- Operations details (takeoff, landing or training)
- Date, time & location of each sighting
If you have concerns about illegal or unsafe aircraft operations, incidents should be reported to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Standards District Office. To contact the Denver office, please visit https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/field_offices/fsdo/den/contact/.
In 2019, RMMA released updated noise abatement procedures to lessen the impact of aircraft activity on adjacent neighborhoods in response to community concerns. Airport tenants and staff worked together to develop voluntary noise abatement procedures to encourage arriving and departing pilots to take measures that may reduce noise without compromising safety. Some of these procedures include climbing as high as possible before departing the airport perimeter, avoiding low approaches and overflying major road corridors and open space where possible. Another highlight is a voluntary evening curfew from the flight schools beginning at 10 pm, unless a pilot must operate after this for currency or training requirements. You can read more about the updated noise abatement procedures here.
The updated noise abatement procedures will be published to pilots through signs at entrances onto the airfield (see picture below), quarterly briefings with flight schools and their instructors, semi-annual tenant briefings and continued publication of the voluntary noise abatement materials. If you have questions about the noise abatement procedures, please contact RMMA staff at 303.271.4854.
Noise Mitigation Project
RMMA is surrounded by residential development. Located only 3 miles south of Louisville, aircraft overflights and noise are a growing concern for residents. You can view the airport's typical traffic pattern operations map here. Flight operations at RMMA have been increasing over the last 5 years and this growth is expected to continue. Louisville partnered with Superior to hire a consulting team with specialized experience in working with communities and airports to address aircraft noise issues. The consultants reviewed current conditions, flight procedures, airspace and land uses around RMMA to identify practices and procedures aimed at reducing impacts to both communities. To learn more, please read the Frequently Asked Questions.
The following work has been completed to-date:
- Task 1 - Baseline assessment
- The baseline assessment helped to understand current conditions and identify opportunities for improvement. The consultants looked at airport facilities and airfield layout, airspace and flight procedures, annual operations, traffic levels and fleet mix, the existing noise abatement program, land uses and zoning around the airport and reviewed complaint data and community concerns. You can read the baseline assessment here.
- Task 2 - Community engagement
- An online survey seeking input from residents on the impact of airport noise and potential solutions was available at https://www.engagelouisvilleco.org/airport-noise-mitigation. You can view a summary of survey responses here.
- City staff hosted an open house on July 24th at City Hall to share draft strategies and get feedback from residents before the recommendations were finalized and shared with City Council. You can view the draft strategies for noise mitigation that were presented at the open house.
- Task 3 - Industry engagement
- The consultants held multiple meetings with RMMA and FAA traffic control tower personnel. A flight training forum was also held in February. The event was intended to engage industry stakeholders and encourage participation in the process. A number of initiatives and strategies were identified to reduce noise impacts. An industry advisory group was established to keep this effort moving forward.
- Task 4 - Strategy development
- The consultants worked with partner stakeholders to develop a list of short, medium and long-term strategies intended to reduce noise impacts on the community. These strategies are organized by five focus areas: flight operations/procedures/policies, community outreach/engagement, industry outreach/engagement, land use planning/zoning/development and regional collaboration.
Airport Noise Mitigation Report Presentation with Superior Town Board
The consultants shared their final recommendations for noise mitigation with Louisville City Council and the Superior Town Board on September 30th at the Louisville Recreation & Senior Center. You can view the final presentation here.
If you have questions about the project or comments you would like to share with the City, please email us here.
- March 25, 2020 - The FAA announced plans to implement the Denver Metroplex project. You can read more here: https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=95271 and https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/community_involvement/den/.
- November 18, 2019 - The FAA released the final Environmental Assessment for the Metroplex Project. You can view the report and provide public comment from November 18th through December 20th at http://www.metroplexenvironmental.com/denver_metroplex/denver_introduction.html.
- April 17, 2019 - The Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA's) proposed Denver Metroplex project could adjust flight patterns in an effort to allow for more direct and efficient routing of aircraft into and out of Denver. The Denver Metroplex project is a federal action under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The FAA will be hosting upcoming public workshops for the Metroplex project. To learn more, click here.