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EA hearing held for airport

Jason Ferguson
Published: Thursday, August 29th, 2013

The next step in the eventual acquisition of land within the Custer County Airport’s Runway Protection Zone (RPZ) took place at the Aug. 21 meeting of the Custer County Commission, when a public hearing was held on the Draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed land acquisition.
Curt Cady, environmental planner for Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson (KLJ), along with Rod Senn, KLJ engineer, walked those in attendance through the proposal, which was followed by a question and answer session. About 15 landowners that the eventual acquisition will affect were in attendance at the meeting.
The land acquisition is not the result of any new action by the county commission or airport expansion, but rather, is being necessitated by the federal government, which started making a push in the early 2000s for airports to acquire RPZ land if at all possible. Failure to do so could mean loss of funding opportunities from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the future. Eventually landowners will be forced to sell some of their land in the RPZ, while others will have to move altogether.

The next step in the eventual acquisition of land within the Custer County Airport’s Runway Protection Zone (RPZ) took place at the Aug. 21 meeting of the Custer County Commission, when a public hearing was held on the Draft Environmental Assessment for the proposed land acquisition.

Curt Cady, environmental planner for Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson (KLJ), along with Rod Senn, KLJ engineer, walked those in attendance through the proposal, which was followed by a question and answer session. About 15 landowners that the eventual acquisition will affect were in attendance at the meeting.

The land acquisition is not the result of any new action by the county commission or airport expansion, but rather, is being necessitated by the federal government, which started making a push in the early 2000s for airports to acquire RPZ land if at all possible. Failure to do so could mean loss of funding opportunities from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the future. Eventually landowners will be forced to sell some of their land in the RPZ, while others will have to move altogether.

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