September 25, 2008
AOPA ePublishing staff
Building a continuing care facility in a restricted development area underneath the traffic pattern for Runway 7/25 at Auburn Municipal is a bad idea, AOPA told Auburn city officials.
In a Sept. 24 letter, AOPA pointed out that the proposed Timberline development would put a continuing care facility about one mile from the airport and completely within compatibility zones C1 and C2. Under the airport’s compatible land use plan, nursing homes are prohibited in those zones. The letter also noted that the property intended for development is adjacent to land that has a maximum residential density of one home per two acres and that the artificial boundary between the two areas will do nothing to protect residents from noise and safety concerns associated with the airport.
“Putting high density development so close to a busy general aviation airport is bad for everyone,” said John Collins, AOPA senior liaison for airports. “Residents are negatively impacted by noise, and as a result airports suffer under pressure to restrict operations. Everyone loses.”
AOPA, which learned about the opportunity to comment on the project from local Airport Support Network volunteer Wayne Manning, is asking Placer County Community Redevelopment Coordination Services to carefully consider all the potential impacts from aircraft overflight of the proposed project. Before construction can begin on the project, a final environmental impact report must be released and multiple approval hurdles overcome.
Compatible Land Use,
Advocacy and Legislation
AOPA and EAA leaders will expand the collaboration begun in recent years, pledging to cooperate on wide-ranging issues from youth programs to member events.
AOPA members are being encouraged to contact their representatives in support of a bill that would require the FAA to go through the rulemaking process.
Since Reps. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) and Sam Graves (R-Mo.) introduced the General Aviation Pilot Protection Act on Dec. 11, the pilot community has been abuzz with the possibilities of the bill that would allow pilots to use a driver’s license as a medical certificate for noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats, as long as they carry five or fewer passengers, fly below 14,000 feet msl, and fly no faster than 250 knots.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.