AOPA has raised opposition to a proposed development near California's Torrance Municipal Airport that the association said would only open the door for future complaints from citizens about airport noise. In comments to the City of Torrance's draft environmental impact report, AOPA said that the development would create an incompatible land-use situation if the city rezoned it from heavy industrial to multi-family residential. AOPA used the nearby community of New Horizons as an example. "New Horizons sits more than double the distance from the airport than the new proposed community, and yet its residents account for approximately 50 percent of the annual noise complaints about the airport to the city," wrote Bill Dunn, AOPA vice president of airports. "Why create a haven for more complaints with this new project?"
August 26, 2005