AOPA and an AOPA Airport Support Network volunteer have pushed the wolves back from the door of Pittsburgh-Monroeville Airport (4G0) east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
A developer had requested that the city change the privately owned, public-use airport's zoning. The change would permit the airport to be closed and houses built on the land. But 4G0 ASN volunteer Peter Polen and AOPA told the planning commission that change would destroy a community asset.
In a letter to the planning commission, AOPA pointed out that the city receives significant economic benefit from the airport, including attracting tradeshows to the nearby ExpoMart Convention Complex. The Pennsylvania state police use the airport for training, and the airport is excellently situated to be a staging area for disaster assistance. "In an area of Pennsylvania that is rapidly developing, the Monroeville Airport represents an area of green space that is attractive to residents," AOPA said. "Closing the airport and building more housing will strain existing infrastructure and municipal services in the area."
The planning commission agreed. It turned down the rezoning request, with a recommendation that the city council do so as well.
December 22, 2004