Hearing on controversial third runway will be at Hillsboro Civic Center

An open house and public hearing on the potential environmental impacts of a proposed third runway at the Hillsboro Airport will be held on April 17.

The Port of Portland, which owns and operates the airport, will hold the event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 113B-C of the Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main Street in Hillsboro.

The Port is seeking public comment on a recently completed Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment. It was prepared to respond to concerns raised by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The third runway was included in the 2005 Hillsboro Airport Master Plan and Compatibility Study Update. It was challenged in court by community members, including the nonprofit Oregon Aviation Watch, on numerous grounds. The court remanded the plan back to the Port to consider the potential environmental impact of increased airport demand resulting from adding a new runway.

The draft environmental assessment, however, projects only a slight increase in demand by 2021.

The runway project is being funded by federal and state grants. The Port has received $9.65 million from the Federal Aviation Administration and $4 million from ConnectOregon III, a state program to help fund non-road transportation projects. The total approved project budget is currently $17.2 million, which includes costs for the environmental study and wetland mitigation.

The draft environmental assessment is available at the following locations: Hillsboro Main Library, 2850 Brookwood Parkway; Hillsboro Shute Park Branch, 775 S.E. Tenth Avenue; Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E. Main St.; Port of Portland headquarters, 7200 N.E. Airport Way, Eighth Floor reception desk, Portland.

The draft environmental assessment can also be found at:

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