CNAPC Reviews Noise Subcommittee Work and Airport Land Use/Re-Use Plan

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Thursday February 11, 2016

The CNAPC met on Thursday, January 28 to discuss progress of its newly-formed noise subcommittee and flesh out the CNAPC’s game plan with its primary consultant as the committee’s June deadline draws nearer.

The noise subcommitttee was formed at the January 13 meeting. The noise subcommittee under the CNAPC consists of six members: George Maille, Carmen Sargent, Marc Companion, Kim Robison, Dave Hartnett, and Linda Brakel. George Maille was voted chair of the subcommittee at its first meeting on January 27, and the CNAPC voted to include Brakel as an additional committee member the following day.

The sub-committee’s goals consist
of the following:
A. Instituting a committee to address noise that survives the CNAPC
B. Input into the new Noise Compatibility Program
C. Looking at mitigation options and alternatives (berms, buildings, etc.)
D. Instituting a noise monitoring program using a humanizing factor (allow city planners to recognize that the airport lies within a municipality and to take a more proactive position)
E. Preserving as much of the Chamberlin neighborhood as possible
F. Looking at multi-modal communication methods

The sub-committee will meet twice a month on an alternate date from the full committee; members also encouraged that Director of Aviation Gene Richards be part of the conversation.

At the subcommittee’s February 10 meeting, members will review goals and priorities. Members will also address Goal #1 - initiate a Noise Planning Committee that will live past the CNAPC’s noise subcommittee’s lifetime using already established panels in communities and/or statutory definitions as in 5 V.S.A. chapters 15 and 17 as models.

Overview of scope of work for the airport’s Land Use/Reuse study
Bob Chamberlin of Resource Systems Group (RSG), the committee’s lead consultant, reviewed the Burlington International Airport’s Land Use/Re-Use Plan.

The Land Use/Reuse Plan is an inventory of all the airport’s land acquired with federal dollars. This document is submitted to the FAA every five years; this will be the airport’s second five-year plan. This is part of the airport’s grant assurances, and it explains the process for potential land use and how it’s needed for airport development uses.

Chamberlin said that the airport hired a consultant to work on this plan, and he recommended the consultant meet with the committee twice, once in February and once in May. This was also a recommendation made by Richards as well as City Manager, Kevin Dorn.

The Re-Use Plan is for land that the airport owns, but the Master Plan looks at the bigger picture, explained Paul Conner, the director of planning and zoning. Any zoning changes that would be made to the region would first need to be approved by the planning commission and city council, Tracey Harrington added.

Pat Nowak asked what process would take place if a building were proposed for any of the land. Conner explained that the west side of Airport Drive is zoned Residential-4 (R-4). A change could take place if it’s initiated by the city or the property owner. If the planning commission were to take up a zoning change proposal, there would need to be a series of public hearings, and then it would need to be passed on to the city council for another public hearing. The city council would then make the final vote.

Revised meeting schedule and scope of work

Chamberlin said that the committee should recommend and endorse short and long-term improvement strategies under three categories: transportation, civic improvements, and neighborhood land use.

Under each category, the committee reviewed ideas that stem from them. For transportation, ideas to consider include traffic calming, walkability (sidewalks, paths, crosswalks, etc.), safe connections to Williston Road and Jaycee Park, Airport Drive Extension, bus shelters/bus stops, and vision for city streets within the former 65 dbl region. For civic improvements, items such as street lighting, public art, scenic views, community center, and landscaping are on the plate. For neighborhood land use, items to hone in on include zoning changes, stormwater management (particularly the Centennial Brook Watershed), mutually-beneficial re-use of airport acquired lands, and maintain communication between neighbors, city, and the airport.

Regarding transportation, Chamberlin will return to the committee with specific recommendations, including cost, improvements and their locations, who will complete the duties, etc.

Want to attend a CNAPC meeting? The committee agreed on the following agenda: Thursday, February 18; Wednesday, March 16; Thursday, April 14; Thursday, April 28 (community outreach meeting); Wednesday, May 11; Thursday, May 26; Wednesday, June 8 (community outreach meeting); and Wednesday, June 15.

SOURCE: Miranda Jonswold, Correspondent