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Airport Comment Session Is Tuesday

Thu, 07/01/2021 - 09:35
The East Hampton Airport will be the subject of a town board meeting on Tuesday.
Durell Godfrey

The public will have a chance to comment on the "revisioning" of East Hampton Airport, in person or remotely, at a town board work session on Tuesday at 11 a.m. The meeting will be broadcast live on LTV and via its website.

"We will present additional materials to assist the public with fact-finding, and to facilitate consideration of the future use of the airport property," Councilman Jeff Bragman, the board's co-liaison to the airport, said in a June 22 statement.

This is to include a preliminary air quality report addressing emissions of greenhouse gases, prepared by Donald J. Wuebbles, a professor of atmospheric sciences; an addendum regarding jet traffic prepared by HMMH, an environmental and transportation planning consultancy engaged by the town, and a preliminary report detailing zoning, planning, and environmental conditions of the airport property. All can be seen at this link.

Members of the public will also be able to comment on information from a May 11 airport revisioning meeting. Documents related to that meeting are also available in the Airport Revisioning Documents folder on the town's website. A schedule of future public comment meetings will be discussed.

A second statement issued from Town Hall on Monday said that the board "has been working with specialized aviation attorneys and various experts to chart a course that will allow the town to make needed changes at the airport, within Federal Aviation Administration restraints. Closure will also be considered."

"The consultants' analyses and reports, examining everything from airport traffic to environmental and economic impacts, along with a planned study of the impact of diverting traffic away from East Hampton Airport, will form the basis of public discussion and decision-making about the future of the airport, and possible reuse," the statement said.

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