Draft Environmental Assessment


WHAT’S IN THIS DOCUMENT? This document contains a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the State of Hawaii’s proposed Runway 3-21 Extension and Associated Improvements Project (Proposed Action) for Lanai Airport. The Proposed Action includes construction of a 500- foot runway extension of Runway 3-21 to the northeast (Runway 21 end), construction of associated airfield improvements, and grading of the runway safety area. This document discloses the analysis and findings of the potential impacts associated with the Proposed Action and the No Action alternatives.

BACKGROUND. The State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Airports Division (HDOTA), the owner and operator of the Lanai Airport (LNY or the Airport) in Maui County, Hawaii, proposes construction of a 500-foot extension to Runway 3-21 and associated improvements. The proposed project would better accommodate operations of the existing aircraft fleet at LNY during all weather conditions, increasing their margin of safety during high temperature and/or wet pavement conditions. The runway extension requires a change to the LNY Airport Layout Plan and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval. This change is a federal action, requiring the preparation of this EA to meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act.

The Draft EA has been made available for a 30-day public review starting on December 24, 2018. The notice of availability of the Draft EA was published in a local newspaper, the Maui News.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO? Read the Draft EA to understand the actions that HDOT-A intends to take relative to the proposed runway extension. Copies of the document are available at the administrative offices of Lanai Airport, the Lanai Public Library, at the administrative offices of Hawaii Department of Transportation – Airports Division in Honolulu, and at FAA’s Honolulu Airports District Office in Honolulu. Addresses of these locations are provided in Section 5 of this document. Anyone wishing to comment on the Draft EA may do so in writing through a letter to the following address:

Airports Division, Hawaii Department of Transportation
Attention: Airports Planning
400 Rodgers Boulevard, 7th Floor
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819
Fax: 808/838-8751
E-mail: [email protected]

Comments are due no later than 5:00 p.m. – Hawaii Time on Friday, January 25, 2019. Please allow sufficient time for mailing. HDOT-A must receive your comments by the deadline, not simply postmarked by that date.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THIS? The HDOT-A will prepare written responses to comments received on the adequacy of the information presented in this Draft EA and prepare a Final EA for transmittal to the FAA for the agency’s review and acceptance. Following review of the Final EA, the FAA will either issue a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) or decide to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

Before including your name, address, telephone number, email or other personal identifying information in your comment, be advised that your entire comment – including your personal identifying information – may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold from public review your personal identifying information, we cannot guarantee we will be able to do so.

 Download the Draft Environmental Assessment (20.5 MB)