The City Council and city staff have and continue to work with the MAC to address runway and noise impact issues. The MAC utilizes an advisory committee known as the Noise Oversight Committee (NOC) to have a dialogue about noise issues and to provide policy recommendations to the MAC. The NOC is comprised of six representatives from the airline industry and six representatives from communities affected by airport noise.
The cities touched by the 65 DNL noise contour each have a representative on the committee. These cities include Bloomington, Eagan, Mendota Heights, Minneapolis, and Richfield. The sixth community seat on the NOC is a shared at-large representative for other cities affected by airport noise including Apple Valley, Burnsville, Inver Grove Heights, St. Louis Park, St. Paul, and Sunfish Lake. After repeated requests to be given representation on the NOC, the NOC voted to grant Apple Valley status as an at-large community in March of 2006.