Residential Sound

The Program was complete in November 2006 and is officially closed.

In 1992, the Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) conducted what is referred to as a Part 150 Noise Compatibility Study. The result of this study was the Noise Compatibility Plan (NCP), which is comprised of a series of programs aimed at mitigating the effects of aircraft noise. 

The Residential Sound Insulation Program (RSIP) was an initiative that was derived from the NCP. By participating with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the WCAA provided eligible homeowners with the benefits of sound insulation treatments free of charge. 

Over the life of the RSIP more than 2,400 residential homes located in the communities of Romulus, Huron Township, Taylor, Westland, and Dearborn Heights were provided sound insulation treatments to reduce the impacts of aircraft noise. Such improvements included doors and windows which were acoustically designed and constructed to reduce noise, as well as installing additional insulation in ceilings, new furnaces, central air conditioning, and caulking around crevices and windows. Seven schools in five communities were provided sound insulation treatments such as windows, doors, air conditioning, and carpet to improve the learning environment. Homes closer to the Airport and most affected by the noise (70dnl) were eligible for acquisition at the appraised value. Under the program, 265 homes were acquired. From 1997 - 2006 over $122 million was spent on RSIP. Over $64,000,000 of that was provided by the FAA. 

For questions or concerns about the Noise Compatibility Program, you may reach the Noise Program Manager at 734.942.3222 or email