The Lansing Municipal Airport (IGQ or Airport) is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) designated Reliever Airport that provides air capacity relief for the Chicago metro region. Owned and operated by the Village of Lansing, the airport is co-located in the Villages of Lansing and Lynwood, Illinois in southeastern Cook County and it borders the Lake County Indiana communities of Munster and Dyer on the east. Because of its location and connectivity to Chicago area business markets, the Airport has experienced an increased operational demand from both resident and visiting aircraft over the last decade.

The Federal Aviation Administration has established the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS) which identifies more than 3,400 existing and proposed airports that are significant to national air transportation and thus eligible to receive Federal grants under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) which includes the Lansing Municipal Airport. In addition, the FAA develops aviation forecasts annually for active airports in the NPIAS. In 2004, the Village of Lansing, as owner and Sponsor of the Airport, initiated a Master Plan Update (including an Airport Layout Plan) to evaluate the existing facility, develop an aviation forecast, evaluate development alternatives, and identify the facility requirements and plan implementation.

The Village of Lansing plans to apply for federal financial assistance under the Airport Improvement Program, as authorized by the public law requirements of the Vision 100-Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act (Public Law (P.L.) 108-176) in order to construct proposed improvements identified on the Airport Layout Plan (ALP). Because of potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed development, and to be eligible for federal funds, the Sponsor is required by the FAA to prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) report. The preparation of the EA will be in conformance with the requirements and procedures set forth by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) dated January 1, 1970, as amended. Guidance will be provided by procedures outlined in the FAA's Order 5050.4B, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Implementing Instructions for Airport Actions, dated April 26, 2006 and FAA Order 1050.1E, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures, dated March 20, 2006.

The EA will be prepared to provide a clear understanding of the Sponsor’s Proposed Action, it's purpose and need, evaluate reasonable alternatives, identify potential environmental consequences associated with the proposed development, and identify measures to mitigate possible negative environmental impacts.

The Sponsor's Proposed Action, as identified as a part of the approved ALP, includes extensions to both ends of Runway 18/36 totaling 1,900 feet. These extensions will take the Runway from its current 4,002 foot length to a final length of 5,902 feet, substantially within the Airport’s current land footprint.

Additional improvements include: strengthening Runway 18/36, constructing aircraft parking aprons and buildings/hangars, constructing stormwater storage basins, and relocating navigational aids. Avigation (or airspace) easements and fee simple land acquisition are also included in the proposed project.