Nearly a decade of debates, committee meetings and frequent complaints over the future of the Livermore Airport may have been concluded successfully last week when the Livermore City Council approved an environmental impact report and rezoned the airport to allow for limited expansion but no major increase in air traffic. We use the word "may" because the Pleasanton City Council has yet to obtain and review all of the documents Livermore endorsed nor has it had a response to its March 16 letter commenting on the EIR. A major concern is jet airplane traffic -- particularly the noise from these jets that generally fly over Pleasanton neighborhoods in the vicinity of Mohr and Fairlands elementary schools and the soon-to-be developed senior housing development on Staples Ranch. The impacts from jet travel could be significant in those portions of Pleasanton and City Manager Nelson Fialho, in his letter to Livermore Principal Planner Susan Frost, stated that "we (Pleasanton) disagree with the FEIR findings that the single-event noise impacts in Pleasanton will be insignificant." FEIR refers to Livermore's Final Environmental Impact Report which analyzed and recommended approval of the airport rezoning ordinance.
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posted Friday, April 2, 2010, 12:00 AM