Airport sponsors are required to comply with federal grant obligations if federal money has been invested in their airport. Information on this page is intended to provide guidance to airport sponsors to ensure compliance with federal obligations.
Environmental impacts need to be considered by the requesting party when preparing a land release. If a land release is approved by FAA, the purchaser must be aware of environmental responsibilities. See FAA Environmental Program for more information and the Environmental Handbook.
A "concurrent use" is the use of dedicated airport property for a compatible non-aviation activity while at the same time the property serves the primary purpose for which it was acquired. Examples of a concurrent use are road right of way easements, utility easements, and agricultural uses (see FAA Order 5190.6B for more information).
A "Through The Fence" agreement is a use agreement allowing access to airport property from non-airport adjacent land (see FAA Order 5190.6B; chapter 12 for more information). These agreements are discouraged by MDOT and FAA as they can create a problem controlling aviation activities on or near the airport. However, FAA recognizes the advantages to offering a variety of proposals to prospective tenants and therefore provides guidance in FAA Order 5190.6B.
Please note: Granting of Exclusive Rights is prohibited at federally obligated airports. See FAA Order 5190.6B (chapter 8). FAA has released their final policy on residential through the fence access which is included with the residential through the fence toolkit.
Costs associated with residential through the fence access plans developed outside the master planning process are not AIP eligible. Sponsors may use non-primary entitlements to produce a RTTF access plan (documentation/report) in conjunction with the RTTF access plan ALP update (drawings).