HMMH conducted an Air Installation Compatible Use Zone (AICUZ) Study at Homestead Air Reserve Base. Aircraft stationed at Homestead included F-16 and F-15 jet fighters operated by the Air Force, and a varied mix of turbo-propeller, fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft operated by the US Customs and Border Protection.
HMMH staff used government-approved noise modeling software to develop predicted noise exposure and to present that as noise contours. These contours, along with prescribed, pre-defined clear zone and accident potential zones centered along the runway extended centerlines, formed the basis for a land-use compatibility assessment of real estate surrounding the airfield. HMMH land-use planners examined existing land-use patterns, current zoning ordinance classifications and mapping, and the future land-use plan elements from the surrounding jurisdictions, identifying incompatible land uses. Using joint FAA and DoD standards, HMMH airspace analysts performed an obstruction evaluation/airport airspace analysis to ascertain the extent of penetrations of protected airspace along approach and departure corridors. The associated maps, graphics, analyses, and recommendations to installation community planners and their counterparts in the surrounding jurisdictions were given in draft form in mid-2015 and in final form in early 2016.