Southlake is situated just five miles from DFW Airport, the third busiest airport in the United States with more than 680,000 flights, managed on seven runways going in and out of the airport every year.
Because of Southlake’s close proximity, City Council and City Staff have strived to maintain a strong partnership with the DFW Airport Executive Staff and the staff working in the DFW Noise Compatibility Office.
Through the years these conversations have resulted in practices that help ensure noise level rules and flight patterns are enforced.
The DFW Noise Cone map (click for a larger view) shows the air corridor utilization zone which is the air corridor over Southlake where departing planes head from and where arriving planes land to when using the west diagonal runway. The corridor was established in the 1980s to help with land use decisions and to minimize the impact of aircraft noise on City residents and businesses. In fact, this identified corridor has impacted land use decisions for development occurring within the corridor. For example, any residential development within the corridor built since the late 1980s has what’s called an aviation easement on the property deed recognizing that the property is built within the air corridor utilization zone.
The map below shows the DFW Airport runways.