Airpark issue will go public
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Antonovich aide Tony Bell said the hearing will be scheduled in the next several weeks. Planned are a longer runway, more hangars and a 20-room “airtel,” among other facilities. Some residents have complained for decades about noise from the airplanes and have accused pilots of illegally performing aerobatics, which are prohibited. Expansion, they say, would destroy the semirural character of the town of some 4,000. New restrictions would require the owner to restrict use by jets, aerobatics, parachute jumping and other hazardous practices. Saying plans to expand Agua Dulce’s small airport have drawn enormous response on both sides, the county Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to set a public hearing on the issue. The board approved unanimously the motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, whose district includes the Agua Dulce Air Park, a small airstrip established more than 50 years ago and popular among private pilots as well as film production companies. “My office has received thousands of letters, e-mails and telephone calls concerning the impacts of the Agua Dulce Airpark,” Antonovich said in his motion. “Other than regional projects like a landfill or large master-planned community, no recent project in the 5th District has generated as much local interest as the Agua Dulce Airpark.” The move came a week after the county Regional Planning Commission approved the expansion plans and was taken in anticipation of an appeal from the town’s highly organized opposition.