Citizen Noise Advisory Committee

Citizen Noise Advisory Committee

The Citizen Noise Advisory Committee (CNAC) is the official forum to address the community's aircraft noise concerns. Local jurisdictions and the Port of Portland appoint the 15-member committee to represent residential and business concerns. CNAC was organized in 1998 as an official Port of Portland advisory committee on aircraft noise issues.

CNAC members review noise abatement projects, provide input for the implementation of the current Portland International Airport Noise Compatibility Plan, develop ideas and recommend proposals for consideration in future airport noise plans, participate on advisory committees involved in long-range airport facilities and capital improvement planning, and promote citizen understanding of airport noise issues.

Use the following links to find additional information about CNAC members and the committee's projects, or to learn about the role of the Federal Aviation Administration in determining where planes fly and how the Port of Portland and the airlines manage airport and aircraft operations.

Roles and
Responsibilities
Committee Members Meeting Summaries  

Roles and Responsibilities

Updated January 2013

The Committee's Charge
  • Report in an advisory capacity to the Director of Aviation for Portland International Airport, through the Manager of the Noise Management Office.
  • Act on behalf of local jurisdictions as the official forum to address community noise concerns.
  • Monitor and provide input on the implementation of the current Portland International Airport Noise Compatibility Plan.
  • Review airport noise issues and provide input or recommendations on issue resolution and follow-up action.
  • Develop ideas and recommend proposals for consideration in future airport noise plans.
  • Participate on advisory committees involved in long-range airport facilities and capital improvement planning.
  • Enhance citizen understanding of airport noise management through the work of the CNAC as a whole.
  • Periodically brief the Port of Portland Commission on the committee's work.

Organization of the Committee
The advisory committee consists of 15 members.

  • Eleven committee members will be selected by local jurisdictions in the region, representing residential and business interests in their jurisdiction, as follows:

    City of Portland 3 members
    City of Vancouver 2 members
    City of Gresham 1 member
    Combined cities of Fairview, Troutdale and Wood Village 1 member
    Multnomah County (outside Portland) 1 member
    Clark County (from the Camas/Washougal area) 1 member
    Washington County 1 member
    Clackamas County 1 member

  • The Port will name four members from within the four-county region to provide geographic balance and environmental representation on the Advisory Committee.
  • The Advisory Committee chair will be elected by the members of the Committee.

Appointment and Service Criteria

  • Participate in the resolution of noise issues.
  • Commit to a full term.
  • Regularly attend meetings. After two consecutive absences without advance notice, membership will be reviewed by appointing jurisdictions.
  • Be responsible for reporting to appointing jurisdictions.
  • Participate in Port of Portland noise-related community outreach programs.

Committee Terms and Meeting Schedule

  • Members will serve 3-year terms.
  • The Chair will serve a 2-year term of office.
  • The Advisory Committee will meet bi-monthly on odd months, but may vote to cancel a meeting.

Technical Advisory Group

  • The Port will assemble a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of agencies and organizations with regulatory and operating responsibilities tied to the airport and other technical consultants.
  • TAG membership may include representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, State Aeronautics Division, Oregon Air National Guard, City of Portland noise office, airlines and pilots operating at the airport, the airport fixed base operator, and technical consultants.
  • The purpose of the TAG will be to support the Advisory Committee by providing technical information.
  • TAG members will be a non-voting group.

Port of Portland Support to the Advisory Council
The Port will provide staff support to assist the Advisory Committee with its activities.

  • Technical research and informational reports
  • Coordination of facilities and preparation of materials for monthly meetings.
  • Public meeting notifications.
  • Recording and distribution of meeting summary.
  • Public access to CNAC information and documents.
  • Logistical support for sub-committee meetings and retreats. 
  • Chair support and preparation of correspondence as needed
  • Orientation and training for members.
  • Reporting to Port Management and Commission.


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