If you haven’t heard, both of the proposed housing projects in proximity to our airport are being considered by the Redlands City Council at a public hearing to be held this Tuesday evening, June 21st. The agenda is attached for your review. You can also get to the agenda by clicking on this link: 160621_agenda Please reference items L2 and L3.
You will notice a mountain of attachments accompanying the agenda items. It appears some City staff employees want these projects approved really bad. The most telling clue as to their bias to approve these projects is the fact they were not reviewed with the current safety zones that are part of the 2011 Caltrans Airport Land Use Planning Handbook. If you recall, the Redlands City Council ordered city staff to update the airport land use compatibility plan (ALUCP) on November 17, 2015 to be consistent with the 2011 Caltrans Airport Land Use Planning Handbook.
There is no regulatory requirement for Redlands to update the safety zones in the Redlands ALUCP. But, due diligence for performing compatibility reviews on housing projects near the airport should include using the latest standards. This is necessary to determine if these projects are compatible with expected aircraft noise and safety of overflight.
We believe city staff doesn’t want to use the updated safety zone criteria as it may not allow construction of Tentative Tract 18979. This is the 55 lot project on the north side of San Bernardino Ave between Judson and Dearborn.
There’s lots of spin in the attachments and only specific data that supports the projects are utilized in the reports. We will prepare a written response for our association and will be at the meeting to speak and defend our rights to use our airport. That said, it would be helpful if we had company. We are asking for your support by joining us at the meeting. Let’s pack the house!
We will be making an appeal to the community to join us too. We have heard that most folks in the community support the airport. Many have shared they know houses and airports don’t mix.
If you are up to it speaking on behalf of our airport we would welcome your assistance. If you need help in that regard, just send us a note to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Redlands City Council meets in council chambers located at 35 Cajon St. The meeting starts at 6 pm. Hope to see you there.
President, Redlands Airport Association
Chapter of California Pilots Association