Cities and counties own most of the nation’s public-use airports, and they are on the front lines when it comes to ensuring the viability of airports through good land use planning. That’s why AOPA representatives made a presentation on July 12 before the Transportation Steering Committee of the National Association of Counties.
AOPA’s presentation focused on the value that airports provide to their communities and discussed the importance of good planning to prevent incompatible land uses that can lead to noise and safety complaints, and ultimately to airport closure.
“Protecting the future of our airports really starts at the local level,” said Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of regional affairs. “This is where the critical land-use decisions are made. When officials recognize the value of airports and understand the potential impact of surrounding land use, they can make informed decisions to protect these irreplaceable assets.”
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