If the Pleasanton City Council is truly concerned about aircraft noise in the northeast portion of Pleasanton ("Jet noise still a concern for Pleasanton," April 2), why did they approve the building of senior housing in Staples Ranch? At meetings to review Staples Ranch development, I personally advised the council against building additional residential closer to the airport than existing (due to the potential noise issues) as well as the representative of Continuing Care Communities (the developer), who assured me they have similar developments near airports with no noise issues.
By approving the senior housing development, the council has denied there are noise issues in that area of Pleasanton. Any noise issues from the senior housing development will be the burden of the Pleasanton mayor and City Council, not the airport. The most recent noise complaint statistics (February 2010) are a total of 38 complaints from Pleasanton, 17 from Livermore, with 47.3 percent coming from two households in Pleasanton (statistics courtesy Livermore airport). This percentage being from two households is typical month to month.
Regarding Southwest Airlines (or any airline) rerouting its incoming flights (to Oakland) over Ruby and Vintage Hills, airlines do not choose their routing, this is determined by FAA air traffic control.
Rezoning the Livermore airport property for aviation and aviation-related uses (previous zoning was educational and institutional) does not open the door for unlimited development, it means that any development proposal must be aviation-related. All proposals must go through the normal review and approval processes. Previously any development proposal of any type would have to have been reviewed by the planning commission.
The sky is not falling (or becoming dark with airplanes in this case) as a result of the rezoning, despite the propaganda and misinformation that has been rampant in the last several years.