Thursday, September 14, 2000

Runway OK moving slowly


FAA expected to approve proposal

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Federal Aviation Administration officials are expected to eventually approve a proposal that paves the way for a third north-south runway at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

        Airport officials, however, in a quarterly committee meeting Wednesday that included members of Boone County's Planning Commission, said the FAA's slow movement could hinder other plans.

        Dale Huber, airport deputy di rector of aviation, said officials expect to hear from the government by Dec. 8. If the FAA does not approve the airport's environmental impact study by then, all proposed land uses will go ahead anyway.

        But, he said, the government usually takes its time and will most likely issue its decision as expected.

        If the FAA renders a favorable ruling, Mr. Huber and Chad Everett, one of the airport's planners, said the decision will be open for public discussion. Hearings would not be held for at least 45 days after the decision is made.

        Public comments could then be quickly returned for consideration by the FAA.

        Officials said they will mail notices to homeowners taking part in the airport's purchase assurance program, which has bought more than 200 homes near the airfield in preparation for runway construction. The notices will inform them of potential delays. In other business, airport officials said they may look into acquiring four additional noise monitors that could be hooked up to the airport's radar tracking system to pinpoint which planes are noisiest.

       



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