Do You Care What Happens With Briscoe Field?

Do you think the potential privatization or commercialization of Briscoe Field will have any impact on your quality of life?

The question of whether or not Briscoe Field should be privatized and/or commercialized has divided Gwinnett County for well over a year now.

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners has held a , met with ,  and formed a , yet the controversy continues.

Last week, the group Citizens for a Better Gwinnett (C4BG) launched an online petition in an effort to . C4BG posted the following statement on the petition website:

It is our belief that the only profitable reason for any company to bid for the privatization of Briscoe Field would be to also eventually schedule passenger aviation at Briscoe Field which will devastate home values in the Lawrenceville area. The expansion will affect as many as 158,139 residents, within five miles of Briscoe.

Noise will continually interrupt the education of children at 40 area schools, not to mention the impact on the enjoyment of our homes and outdoor activities.  Traffic on the already over-capacity roadways (Hwy 316, Hwy 20, & secondary roads) around Briscoe will be gridlocked. Our long-term health will be affected by jet fuel fallout, which is listed by the EPA as a primary source of benzene.  The EPA classifies benzene as a Class A carcinogenic, which indicates it is a chemical known to cause cancer in humans.


Are you concerned about the potential commercialization of Briscoe Field? Do you feel opponents' concerns are legitimate? Do you currently live in the Briscoe Field flight path? Is this an issue with which those in the Dacula area should be concerned? Tell us in the comments.

Ken Clark February 27, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Floyd, Your guess would be wrong about my engineering economics experience. Micro, macro, engineering economy, analysis of financial data/accounting, etc. are part of my engineering background. The projects I’ve implemented over the years require a payback analysis. But if you think the 10 year property value data for 30043/5/6 shown above is weak, then you’ll love Propellernomics. In July 2011 they said Lawrenceville’s property values had declined by 3% in 10 years. No missing decimals here – three percent. A couple of months ago they added another website presentation. Now they say properties near Briscoe field have gone down 10% in the last 10 years. Both presentations are still at their website. If they can’t get that right, how can they get an airport right? Your 4 year zip data was nicely cherry-picked (just like Propeller does with noise, property values, flight schedules), but it won’t compare to 4 year data for 43/5/6 zips. If citizens were allowed access to Propeller’s proposal, I’m pretty sure it would fail most every litmus test – including economic scrutiny. If you think a comparison of commercial jets & GA engines is irrelevant, then perhaps you may want to make sure you’re on the right thread. If this thread were limited to pure privatization at LZU, I wouldn’t be on this thread & I suspect neither would you. I don’t care about Chicago. I live in Gwinnett County & certainly care about commercialization of LZU.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew February 27, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Floyd - I use a pen name of sorts by choice, I present readily available facts and observations others can see or find for themselves, once they are made aware that they may need to look deeper. Readers can make their own decisions based on newsprint, county meetings, court records etc. as to accuracy. I have no need for GOOGLE street cred as I'm not a columnist nor do I need the notoriety for LinkedIn, future political campaigning or political favors. Its all about the message and the issue at hand, not the messenger. I'll sit in the company of Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Clemens, nuff said on that. Now in Debate 201 looking to discredit by any means possible in an attempt to deflect the message content gets repetitive. If statements are incorrect, please contest a point or 2. I've seen pages of challenges on this airport issue and the management process that has been used to get where we are today. Those that have presented the opposition view have been more credible.Ken's post above is one example, while I disagree with your position, but I don't spend a great of time continually attempting to comment on the intelligence of proponents, because if that's my best and most relied upon approach, I don't have much of a real case, but a lot of promises and projections. HOPE is great, but not at the very real chance the taxpayers will be stuck should Propeller pull out in year three due to bankruptcy or carrier loss.
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew February 27, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Perhaps there would have been more proposals to look over if a realistic response table of 120,180 or even 270 days had been used. The short window combined with Propeller's agent assisting in the original FAA submission is a point of concern.
Floyd Akridge February 28, 2012 at 08:43 AM
"""R"""...feel free to use a pen name if you wish but I personally discount the arguments of those who hide their identity. You'll notice that I posted here and never hid my identity. Those with whom I have disagreed with here have also done so to their credit and I applaud them for doing so. It certainly is your choice of course which I fully respect...but the amount of credibility I give to those who do is my choice.
Gary Fox February 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Floyd, your posts re: noise seemed skewed to me. On any given morning @ 7:00 a.m. +/- go to the Red Barn & get yourself a biscuit & coffee - then go to any parking lot in the 400 block of Buford Dr. As you enjoy your breakfast, try making a cell phone call as the "hot rod" jets blast out of the airport. Those pilots have the stick jammed up the rabbit's a__ & the noise is close to unbearable.


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