October 21, 2010
By Dan Namowitz
Pilots using Vance Brand Airport in Longmont, Colo., can help get long-range planning moving in the right direction by playing an active role as the city council prepares to set the project in motion.
On Oct. 26, the municipal officials will receive a draft document describing the scope of work envisioned for the airport master plan, as recommended by the airport advisory board on a unanimous vote Oct. 14.
Many airport supporters attended the advisory board meeting. The panel, which is chaired by AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer Howie Morgan, voted 6-0 to move the plan forward and hopes that even more will attend the city council meeting.
The master plan was last updated in 2004.
“The goal of this master plan is to allow the airport to continue to operate in a safe and effective manner as demand and technologies change and evolve. As it is a public-use airport which receives grant funding from the FAA, all planning must ensure that the airport continue to meet all federal obligations and standards,” said the consultant’s document that describes the project’s proposed scope.
Following city council acceptance, planners would proceed to scheduling the master plan’s development--including community participation through a Citizen’s Involvement Committee (CIC). That panel includes neighborhood groups, the Longmont Area Economic Council, airport users, and representatives of Boulder County, the document said.
“The master plan will be prepared using guidelines from the FAA. These guidelines ensure that all voices are heard and considered in the process. In addition, the city of Longmont is utilizing its public involvement process to ensure public involvement and feedback opportunities throughout this process,” said the municipal Web page on the master plan.
The city council meeting will begin at 7 p.m., Oct. 26, at the Civic Center Complex, 350 Kimbark Street in Longmont.
Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.
AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.
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