Airport regs unpopular but required
Stricter regulations regarding zoning around the Chadron Airport have taken so long to implement that representatives from the City of Chadron met with the Dawes County Commissioners in hopes of moving the process along.
City Manager Wayne Anderson, Public Works Director Milo Rust and Zoning Administrator Janet Johnson appeared before the commissioners last week asking for movement on the approval of a new ordinance governing zoning around the airport. The process began 18 months ago, and the county zoning board was given the information in November of 2014, Anderson said.cheap jerseys http://www.cheapnfljerseysonlinez.top There has been “a lot of opposition to the plan,” Anderson noted, adding that “It needs to go forward.”
At issue are new requirements that zoning around the airport include 10 mile cones off of instrument runways as approach zones. According to the proposed ordinance, approach zones are measured out to a distance of 10 miles from the airport’s operation zones along an extended runway centerline. The approach zone is to be 1,000 feet wide near the runway, expanding to 16,840 feet wide at the farthest end. The height limit begins at the elevation of the runway’s end and rises one foot vertically for every 50 feet horizontally. The height limits cannot exceed 150 feet above the nearest runway within three miles of the airport’s property boundary but resumes its 50:1 slope between three and 10 miles from that boundary.
Dawes County Assessor and Zoning Administrator Lindy Coleman said the county’s zoning board had a lot of questions about the zones and were concerned about giving up jurisdiction under the new zoning ordinance.
“This is a mandate,” Edmund said. Johnson said failure to implement the zoning could impact the airport’s funding, and therefore, its operations.
“The law is very specific as to the protection of this 10 mile area for these approaches. This area must be maintained as to not raise the minimum ceilings for the approaches. This is a protection zone for the safety of the aircraft as well as the buildings and people on the ground,” said Kandi Bremer, who works in the engineering division of the Nebraska Department of Aeronautics, in a letter to the city. The new regulations are required for instrument runways, and Bremer noted in the letter that the runways at Chadron Airport are instrument runways as indicated by the FAA.
The ordinance, once approved, will restrict the height of structures and objects of natural growth in the new zoning cones.
The new 10 mile cones off of the runways will address structures such as wind farms, cell towers or mobile home parks near the runways, Anderson said.
Once approved, property owners applying for a permit, either through the city or county, will have to have their building plan reviewed by the Nebraska Department of Aeronautics. If there are no safety concerns, the permit will return either to the city or county based on which jurisdiction the land lies in for final approval. An appeals process will be established in the event the Department of Aeronautics takes issue with the permit.
Rust said he doesn’t foresee that many problems.
“It’s a non issue most of the time,” he said.
In order for the regulations to be approved, the county zoning board must hold a public hearing on the issue and send a final report to the Joint Airport Zoning Board, which is comprised of city and county representatives. The city’s planning commission has already held its public hearing and forwarded its final report, Johnson said.